Before his scheduled debate later this year against California Governor Gavin Newsom, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly claimed that his state has already defeated California.
DeSantis made the comments in an interview with Newsmax while talking about a recent survey showing that former President Donald Trump would easily defeat current President Joe Biden in a hypothetical rematch in 2024.
“Just understand, the media, if [Trump] ends up being the nominee, they will not be putting polls out like that. It’ll be the opposite. I mean, they use this to juice a narrative. I think people were showing that that poll had Trump beating Biden with under 35 by 20 points. No Republican has ever won that. So when you see that, you wonder, okay, what are they trying to do?” DeSantis said.
“I think they’re trying to do two things. I think the corporate press does want Trump to be the nominee. I think you see that in the coverage, I think you see it how they attack me. But I also think they’re trying to get the Democrats to dislodge Biden. They want to show that Biden is weak, and they would like to see a Newsom or somebody else. So I think when the corporate press is doing this, I think people should take it with a grain of salt.” he continued.
“Well, that’s why he said he would debate me, so I said, let’s do it. I think it’s an important debate for the country. Not like saying who’s better, Florida or California, because that debate is over because people have voted with their feet. They’ve left California and come to Florida, not the other way around. He has lost massive amounts of population. No governor in California history has ever witnessed population loss at all on net.” DeSantis concluded.