Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis reportedly made it clear on Thursday that he will take part in the August Republican presidential debate whether or not former President Trump shows up.
“Donald Trump has said, I believe, he won’t debate in August; he’s not planning to attend the Republican debate. If he does not show up to debate, will you be at the debate?” Fox host Will Cain asked
“I’ll be there, regardless. I hope everybody who is eligible comes. I think it is an important part of the process, and I look forward to being able to be on the stage and introducing our candidacy and our vision and our leadership to a wide audience.” DeSantis responded.
Late in June, NBC News reported that Trump was considering canceling the GOP debate in favor of another event that would feature him.
Trump has behaved similarly in the past; in 2016, he chose to conduct a fundraiser for veterans in instead of participating in the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses.
He later lost the Iowa primary to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
He went on to criticize the Biden administration during his remarks, slamming Biden’s economic agenda in particular:
“Bidenomics in a nutshell is you pay more for the necessities of life, your standing of living goes down, the government gets more and more powerful, and ultimately China will benefit.” DeSantis said.
“We rejected Bidenomics; we governed conservatively; we don’t spend our state into oblivion. We run big-budget surpluses; we’ve actually paid down billions of dollars in state debt. … We don’t let criminals run the street; we should not allow that in any place in this country. We respect the rights of parents; every parent’s rights throughout the country should be respected; it doesn’t matter if you live in a red or blue state. We’ve gotten indoctrination out of our curriculum.” he continued.