How Ron DeSantis emerged as a 2024 frontrunner

How Ron DeSantis emerged as a 2024 frontrunner 1

 

A recent “60 Minutes” report that detailed Florida’s vaccine rollout and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ role in it, but the network landed in some hot water after several Democratic lawmakers pushed back on its reporting that Publix, a grocery store that had partnered with the state to distribute vaccines, had donated $100,000 to Gov. Ron DeSantis' 2022 reelection campaign. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how DeSantis is using the “60 Minutes” drama to appeal to his Republican base.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:

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55 Comments on "How Ron DeSantis emerged as a 2024 frontrunner"

  1. Do you think the “60 Minutes” report helps or hurts DeSantis’ future hopes? – Chris

  2. Amarendra Borah | April 8, 2021 at 10:43 AM | Reply

    “A politician thinks about the next election ; a statesman of the next generation !”
    That’s what Thomas Jefferson had to say !

  3. Sir Robin of Camelot | April 8, 2021 at 11:44 AM | Reply

    Watch the full press conference

    • David Guelette | April 8, 2021 at 4:25 PM | Reply

      @June DiMond Desantis looks bad all by himself.

    • @David Guelette nope ! Best Governor out there ! Only state not living in that Democratic Fear mongering. Everyone of those Dems use race – or fear on another strain virus –

    • David Guelette | April 8, 2021 at 5:47 PM | Reply

      @June DiMond l hope he runs. The rest of the country doesn’t agree with you.

    • @David Guelette We have to get better then now. This is hurting our Country big time ! Border – that’s a shame , can’t even visit ! Keystone pipeline shut down – our gas is rising daily ! This racial stuff with them is terrible! Every time they speak it’s Black, Brown or something racial. We all live here in the USA we are all the same and want good for all.

    • David Guelette | April 8, 2021 at 6:42 PM | Reply

      @June DiMond I hope we do get better .the country is a mess. The keystone pipeline has nothing to do with gas prices. It’s purpose was to move shale oil from Canada to loisiana to ship to foreign markets mostly China. I agree we need border protection, but we can do that by strengthening the system. Right now we are getting further apart.

  4. Hot tamale Red hot | April 8, 2021 at 1:24 PM | Reply

    Tom you who’re that shirt to the family Easter dinner last year

  5. Nicky Krystals | April 8, 2021 at 2:18 PM | Reply

    If you make a video in front of a bookshelf. It means you’re smart lmmfaoooooo.

  6. 2:12. Did you see tuckerplucker’s face change (in a matter of 4 seconds, between 60 minutes and “anything against me”) from supposed sincere to a cheeze grin(?)(.) (GTFOH) (TV show)

  7. One is stuck playing the impassioned protagonist in one’s Subjective Narrative of Self 🔺

  8. 🤦‍♀️

  9. LMGunslinger | April 8, 2021 at 2:55 PM | Reply

    I feel like this whole de Santos thing is like straight theater. It all goes together waaaaay to well and the 60 minutes mess up is so obvious it’s hard to believe they didnt intentionally mess up.

    • Gregory Prusak | April 8, 2021 at 5:03 PM | Reply

      No……the MSM media is THAT bad. They will lie to you and tell you they are not lying, and if you believe that, they will tell you that you are lying and tell you another lie. I guess you don’t get out much, LMG

  10. DeSatan even sounds like M.Gaetz!

  11. Just what America needs, “Florida Man” as our president. 😂

  12. vaddi hanwel | April 8, 2021 at 3:31 PM | Reply

    Be sober be vigilant because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour

  13. You could report on the donations he took for personal vaccine access, or remind people of the health official that was arrested for reporting accurate covid numbers.

    • she wasn’t arrested for “reporting accurate covid numbers”. that was an extremely misleading headline

  14. NONONO WE CANNOT HAVE RON GO UP

  15. Vegas Aviation22 | April 8, 2021 at 4:17 PM | Reply

    I find it odd they’re already talking about the 2024 election.

    • Michael Ireland | April 8, 2021 at 5:16 PM | Reply

      We are gonna be ready 🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷

    • cameroncrazie818 | April 8, 2021 at 7:19 PM | Reply

      The media is doing it because they want to convince you to HATE DeSantis and to take the spotlight off of Biden’s gaffes, Cuomo, and their pals at the Lincoln Project who protected a predator of under-aged boys and grifted money.

    • Vegas Aviation22 | April 8, 2021 at 7:20 PM | Reply

      @cameroncrazie818 I agree

  16. RONALD and DONALD perfect together UGHA

  17. Didn’t somebody quit because she wouldn’t go along with manipulating the numbers?

  18. According to Florida newspapers, DeSantis gave the vaccine exclusivity, at the beginning, to Publix supermarkets. The segment on 60 Minutes that this video mentioned, with the Democratic official, only covered his particular area. Refer to the Miami Herald and other state newspapers.

  19. And you look at all the deaths that Florida had

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