In an interview this week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly criticized both political parties for American government spending, alleging that both are to blame for inflation rates that have hurt consumers in recent years.
DeSantis made the comments in response to a question on how he would lower inflation if elected president from Norah O’Donnell on “CBS Evening News” during the interview.
Despite the fact that DeSantis had not yet named any political party and that inflation did not significantly increase until President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law in early 2021, O’Donnell attempted to blame Republicans for the out of control spending.
“Stop spending so much money. We need a president that’s going to be a force for spending restraint, because that’s one of the root causes with Congress spending so much. Two, open up domestic energy production. Energy costs are a huge part of inflation.” DeSantis said.
.@RonDeSantis to CBS on how both parties have contributed to inflation by spending too much money 👇
CBS's @NorahODonnell: On that issue of spending, the issue is that, in fact, Republicans and under Donald Trump, he added $8 trillion for the debt…Republicans have earmarked… pic.twitter.com/SVc6JSpiLT
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“On that issue of spending, the issue is that, in fact, Republicans and under Donald Trump, he added $8 trillion to the debt. And as Nikki Haley pointed out during the debate, Republicans have earmarked more in spending bills than Democrats do. Do Republicans have a spending problem?” O’Donnell asked.
“Yes, of course. This is Republicans and Democrats in D.C. that have done this. This is not just one political party. Republicans talk big when they’re out of power. But when they get in, they don’t put their money where their mouth is. And you know, you’re right. Donald Trump added almost $8 trillion to the debt in four years. He ran saying he was going to eliminate the national debt, maybe over an eight year period, but he did make that promise, and then he did the opposite.” DeSantis responded.