Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, asked to explain why he’s “not connecting” with voters during his 2024 presidential campaign, blamed the media and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Fox News’ Will Cain asked DeSantis in an interview Thursday why the poll numbers “didn’t reflect [his] success” in Florida. Polls show DeSantis trailing former President Donald Trump by double digits, down sharply since February.
“Well, I think if you look at people like corporate media, who are they going after? Who don’t they want to be the candidate? They’re coming after me,” DeSantis said.
“Who is the President of Mexico attacking because he knows we will be strong on the border and hold him and the cartels accountable? He chases me. So I think if you look at all these people who are responsible for a lot of evil in our society, they are targeting me as the person they don’t want to see as a candidate.
The Florida governor’s digs included one aimed at López Obrador, who denounced a Florida law targeting migrants that went into effect on Saturday.
DeSantis has said he’s the guy ‘to beat’ President Joe Biden and claimed his campaign will eventually ‘ring in the numbers’.
“We met and I liked you very much, but there are those who say there’s something about you that doesn’t connect for some reason,” Cain said.
DeSantis responded by touting his fundraising and said his campaign has “tremendous support.”
“But look, at the end of the day, no one has stood up for hard-working Americans more than I have in the past five years and delivered the level of results that I have,” DeSantis boasted. “It’s going to be a great story to tell because if we did it in Florida, we absolutely can do it as president.”