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Biden to aim at 'bully' DeSantis in Florida, as 2024 looms

World Sep 23, 2022 08:15PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York, U.S., September 21, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis

By Jarrett Renshaw and Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Joe Biden will for the first time as U.S. president hold a political rally in a state where he lost in 2020, when he treks to Florida on Tuesday to stage a showdown with potential 2024 rival, fierce critic and possible Trump successor Ron DeSantis.

Biden is expected to offer his most sharply targeted attack yet on DeSantis, a pugnacious governor who has used the power of his office to rise to national prominence by shunning COVID-19 lockdowns, mocking Biden's age and abilities, penalizing Disney World for opposing a new state law limiting discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools, and recently flying Venezuelan immigrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard.

Biden should treat DeSantis like a playground bully and strike hard, some Democrats say

“I think people are going to look for him to be aggressive. What DeSantis is doing is a horrible thing. And there is no greater juxtaposition than the kindness and humanity of Joe Biden than the, you know, awful, inhumane, bully that is Ron DeSantis,” said Jennifer Holdsworth, a Democratic political consultant.

Biden has held political events in Democratic strongholds like Maryland and New York in recent weeks, but Tuesday's grassroots rally in Orlando is in a state he lost in 2020 by roughly 3 points and expected to show how he may build the case for his reelection. While former president Donald Trump has long been considered the Republican frontrunner in 2024, recent polls show DeSantis higher in Florida.

Biden will use his rally to call so-called "extremist" Republicans such as DeSantis a threat to democracy while seeking to leverage anger over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe vs Wade decision that guaranteed woman access to abortions, according to Democratic officials.

“I expect the president to throw punches. There’s no way we are going to escape the elephant in the room,” a senior Democratic official said of DeSantis.

DeSantis, whose campaign did not respond to requests for comment, has spent the last two years trying to turn Biden into a liberal villain for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis and record inflation. He has also questioned Biden's mental competence.

Biden's poll numbers remain underwater in Florida, and Republicans say they welcome his trip.

“The more that Biden comes to Florida, the better it is for the state’s Republican Party,” said Evan Power, chair of the Leon County Republican Party.

AVOIDING BIDEN

Democrats in close contests in the November midterms are still outperforming Biden in polls, and some have expressed concern that appearing with the president will make their elections a referendum on his popularity.

Democratic Senate candidate Val Demings won’t be there on Tuesday to meet the president in her hometown, Orlando. Her campaign says this is due to commitments she has as a U.S. representative. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist will attend the event.

"I think he's great. I think he's doing a great job. He's my friend. And I'm very proud of him. And he's going to give our campaign a real shot in the arm," Crist said in an interview on Thursday.

Crist trails DeSantis by a wider margin than Demings does in her race against incumbent U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, recent polls show. Demings is about tied with Rubio in the fundraising race, while Crist is going up against an incumbent with a whopping $120 million on hand, the reportedly highest in any state race in the country.

Democrats also say Biden's visit will help them control a news cycle frequently dominated by DeSantis.

"I think it will shine a bright light on the state," said Crist.

One message Biden and Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison want to convey is that the party has not given up on a state that, in recent times, has felt like it has given up on them. The last time a Democrat won a presidential or Senate election in Florida was 2012.

In Florida, Republicans hold a voter registration advantage, 5.2 million versus 4.9 million. But the number of unaffiliated voters stands at 3.9 million, an increasingly important part of the electorate.

"He had no choice. If he comes to Florida, it's a story. If he doesn't come to Florida, it's a story," said one Democrat involved in a statewide race.

Biden to aim at 'bully' DeSantis in Florida, as 2024 looms
 

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gab nea
gab nea Sep 27, 2022 8:08AM ET
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trump created a bunch of Republican mini me in his image! they are all losers like him, trying to cruely outdo him! vote them all out!
gab nea
gab nea Sep 26, 2022 6:59AM ET
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gov. Deathsentence, didnt care about his elderly citizens during covid. lied to them repeatedly. now he is spending tons of Floridians money to send aliens to resort towns. Floridians would save so much money if he used public instead of private transportation! the problem is he kidnapped them under false pretenses! another Republican liar?
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 6:18PM ET
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brad is sending out the spams so people don't read all his horrible statements
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Sep 25, 2022 2:56PM ET
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The facts are Biden's DHS has flown and transported way more immigrants to Florida than Desantis has sent to sanctuary cities.
gab nea
gab nea Sep 25, 2022 2:56PM ET
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prove it!
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gab nea Sep 25, 2022 9:37AM ET
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when the market was collapsing in march, 2020, during chaotic trump, the fed lowered interest rates to below zero, so the recession was delayed so biden would get blamed. typical republican bait and switch!
Jamie Kent
Jamie Kent Sep 25, 2022 9:37AM ET
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The democrats collapsed the markets with their big city economy ********shutdowns and other nonsense covid measures. It was deliberately done to hurt markets and the economy since those were the incumbent president's main accomplishments in the eyes of the people. They showed no hesitation in harming the citizens for political purposes, all the while convincing them it was for their own good and the other guy's fault of course....
Adrian White
Adrian White Sep 25, 2022 9:37AM ET
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Jamie, that's absolute nonsense. You obviously haven't looked at a chart of the S&P500. The markets were up through the majority of the pandemic, especially during the so- called "shutdowns" you refer to.
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 7:41AM ET
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gab, explain what liberal policies work? from all the examples Biden and Obama have provided, the country is alot more prosperous under Republicans. I was alot better off 2 years ago than now.
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Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 25, 2022 7:41AM ET
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Tens of millions more Americans with health insurance and the entirety of the country with better health insurance thanks to the Obama/Biden/Democrats Affordable Care Act.
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 7:41AM ET
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brad, but not an improvement in healthcare. cost taxpayers more, lower quality of insurance, many fewer options in most states and not to mention that millions lost the insurance they liked, even though they were told they would not. I am thankful I have private insurance.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 25, 2022 7:41AM ET
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Now you are just showing your ignorance. Even your private insurance now mandates no-cost preventative screenings and examinations, prohibits cancelation or rate increases because you develop a condition, mandates children can stay on parents' policy until 26, caps annual out of pocket expenses and on and on. All of these because of the ACA. You sure have some strong opinions for someone who knows so little.
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Sep 25, 2022 7:41AM ET
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gab nea Wonder where Hunter Biden learned his family values?
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 25, 2022 7:41AM ET
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brad, those are not improvements for most Americans. it has raised the cost of most Americans.
gab nea
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the Republicans think the more cruel and mean they are, the more duped crazed voters will come to their side, wrong, people are tired of the GOP!
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I want mean tweets again!
 
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