Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) brought his book tour to Iowa and continued to have trouble interacting with other people.
The New York Times reported:
She smiled widely and pointed to her hoodie as she told the governor that her son was attending college in his home state. Mr. DeSantis — dressed in a dark blue suit with a light blue open-neck shirt and black boots — stood on the opposite side of 10 metal bike racks that separated him from the crowd. He gave Ms. Barker a slight nod and told her about his state’s new “grandparent waiver,” which allows out-of-state students whose grandparents live in Florida to take breaks from class.
But Ms. Barker, a 50-year-old teacher who drove about an hour to see the Florida governor in Davenport, has no other family in the Sunshine State, and she narrowed her eyes at his reply.
The interaction underscored both the promise and potential pitfall of a presidential bid for Mr. DeSantis. His preference for politics over personality can make him appear awkward and arrogant or otherwise personally amazing, depending on the voter and the success or failure of his one-on-one exchange.
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DeSantis doesn’t connect well with other people on a personal level, which sounds like a recipe for disaster when he’s taking on America’s favorite grandpa Joe Biden. The President is also a master of retail politics and building personal connections.
Republicans think using an autocratic robot against Joe Biden is a better option because the DeSantis bot is a better option than Donald Trump.
What will happen to DeSantis when he takes to the debate stage with the irrational, whirling dervish of anger and chaos known as Trump? It’s cute that Ron DeSantis thinks he can discuss politics in any debate with Trump.
Trump could melt Ron DeSantis’ brain or give him a nervous breakdown.
Since the dawn of the television age, nominating a presidential candidate who isn’t good with people has never been a winning strategy.
At this early stage, Ron DeSantis doesn’t appear to be a presidential candidate.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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