Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to fight like a Democrat if he is chosen next year as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.
The GOP candidate said that in battleground states where Democrats rely on ballot harvesting, he would play the game.
The comment was made during Wednesday’s Republican primary debate in Alabama after DeSantis was asked about election integrity.
After pointing out that he has cracked down on election fraud in Florida, DeSantis acknowledged that “not every state’s where we need it to be.”
He singled out Nevada, which allows ballot harvesting, and vowed to go into the 2024 election using the same tactics employed by Democrats.
“I am not going to fight with one hand tied behind my back,” DeSantis said.
“If they’re harvesting, we’re harvesting. … We are going to exploit whatever the rules are.”
I am not going to fight with one hand tied behind my back.
I’m going to have organizations in all the swing states. If they’re harvesting, we’re harvesting.
We are going to exploit whatever the rules are. pic.twitter.com/V9ktcSto4D
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) December 7, 2023
Millions of Americans will forever question the validity of the 2020 election thanks to procedures like ballot harvesting and mass mail-in voting.
But as long as collecting ballots for others is legal and Republicans refuse to do so, they will struggle to compete and win in crucial swing states.
DeSantis says he would be ready to fight fire with fire if nominated.
Whoever the GOP nominee ends up being would be wise to adopt the same stance on the issue.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.