Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) reportedly criticized outgoing President Donald Trump, who will take office as a lame-duck on Day 1, by saying that the country deserves a leader who can serve two terms.
After months of mudslinging and ad assaults from the previous president, DeSantis officially began his much awaited campaign for president in 2024 on Wednesday.
The governor of Florida claimed that the nation is on the “wrong track,” but Trump is unable to make a substantial difference since he only has four years left in office until his term expires in 2028.
“Who is going to be the leader to be able to win the election … and then get in and implement the type of policies that are gonna get the country back on track?” DeSantis said in a Thursday statement to Good Morning NH.
“I don’t think you can handle all of these issues that we’re going to need to do … without two terms. I think you need to be able to serve two terms. I think that’s very important,” he continued.
The rivalry between the two candidates is only anticipated to intensify now that DeSantis has entered the race.
DeSantis claimed on Thursday that Trump was “moving to the left” and had become so engrossed with his critics that he had lost sight of the core Republican constituency.
DeSantis enters the contest with a string of victories in the legislature on contentious subjects including immigration, abortion, and LGBT rights, as well as a 20 percentage point victory for reelection in the 2022 midterm elections.