DeSantis Delivers Electric Speech In South Florida

On Sunday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) gave an electric speech in Coral Springs, Florida, as part of a series of speeches ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

During the speech, DeSantis remarked on the state’s recovery from Hurricane Ian, including recent efforts to build a temporary bridge to Pine Island to bring across the tools and personnel to restore power.

“We looked at the situation, we said, ‘OK, this Pine Island Bridge got washed away, the road. We need to figure out a plan, and let’s execute,’” said DeSantis. “And three days later, we opened up a new bridge.”

DeSantis also celebrated his state for leading the way during the COVID-19 pandemic to reopen schools.

“We needed to protect their rights, we needed to protect their jobs, and we were the first big state to say, ‘These kids need to be in school, in person, five days a week, and we’re going to make it happen,’” he said. “There were a lot of people who did not want to see that, for whatever their reasons were.”

The DeSantis campaign is billing his current press tour under the slogan “Keep Florida Free,” and he said reopening schools is an example of that policy objective. Supporter Paulette Terhune said she stands behind the governor’s message.

“Keep Florida free,” Terhune stated. “It’s everything, from the way he handled the COVID [pandemic], to the schools, to so many people have moved here because of his leadership, and now especially with the hurricane.”

Less than 15 miles away, in Plantation, Democrats held a competing campaign rally. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) delivered a speech criticizing DeSantis’ pro-life stance.

“If he gets reelected, Governor DeSantis will force women across Florida into countless unwanted pregnancies, and he will destroy Florida’s sacred privacy protections,” said Schultz. “Bottom line: under DeSantis, Florida will be less free. You cannot mandate forced birth for women and still be free.”

In a subsequent speech, Florida State Rep. Robin Bartleman (D) also emphasized the issue of abortion.

“The extreme right believes there are no exceptions — no exceptions for rape, no exceptions for incest,” said Bartleman. ‘It doesn’t matter about the life of the mother. This is inhumane.”

President Joe Biden will visit Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 1 to stoke up the Democratic voter base ahead of the midterm elections.