Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently opened up about a leaked strategy memo from his team in which they hoped to portray him as a “relatable and likable” candidate to contrast with other more conservative Republican competitors.
DeSantis said he’s ready to punch back in the first GOP debate if attacked on any issue. He stated his comfort with the debate format and stated that he views “preparation and debate prep as two different functions.” He further maintained that his team’s memo was nothing more than a good strategy and he intended to focus only on issues.
Yet, he also made clear his position on many issues, such as immigration, taxes, and gun control, and thus the nation was given an insight into his potential strategy and the views he’ll be representing in the debate.
DeSantis’ comments underscore the importance of the first Republican debate as all candidates will attempt to make a name for themselves and present their case for the nomination in a crowded field. The governor’s willingness to go on the offensive may help him stand out from the rest in this critical moment in the election cycle.