What form will 'accountability' in a DeSantis administration take?
After seeing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in person for the first time I have questions about a couple things he said during his speech in Adel, Iowa.
This presidential cycle has been a weird one for me. By this time, during the last four presidential cycles, I've seen just about every Republican candidate in person. In fact, during the 2020 cycle, by this time, I had seen almost every Democrat, the exceptions being Andrew Yang, who I saw shortly before the Iowa Caucus, and I never saw Tulsi Gabbard in person.
For the 2024 cycle, I have only seen three candidates - Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and, last Saturday, Ron DeSantis was the third. Missing candidates and events is primarily due to my work schedule. It also reflects candidates on the campaign trail less and not being in central Iowa as much on weekends when I have greater availability.
Also, there are a few candidates I STILL don't receive press releases for, so if they are in Iowa, I don't hear about it until it's too late. That is strange since I've reported on or opined about Iowa politics and the Iowa Caucuses since 2007.
I digress. I wanted to write some thoughts about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now having seen him in person.
I understand the attraction from the right. DeSantis has, not only, demonstrated to be a competent governor, seen from how he responded to a recent hurricane, but a candidate who has been front and center addressing concerns from abortion (signing Florida's own six-week abortion ban) to addressing critical race and gender theory in the classroom (signing the inappropriately named "Don't Say Gay" bill) to keeping Florida open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I've heard from a number of Iowa Republicans who have told me that is what they are looking for in a presidential candidate.
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