Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is running for president, was ending up his first tour of early-voting states on Friday.
He showed his human side in South Carolina by having a humorous conversation with his wife and sharing an emotional moment with a military spouse.
DeSantis used his first stop in Bluffton, South Carolina, on Friday morning to counter criticism from former President Donald Trump, who boasted at his campaign events a day earlier that he could complete in six months what the Republican governor would take eight years to complete. DeSantis’ whirlwind tour this week included stops in Iowa and New Hampshire.
DeSantis did not mention Trump by name when he spoke to a large crowd gathered on a restaurant patio, but he stood by his assertion that it would take eight years in the White House to reverse President Joe Biden’s policies and what he called the long-term “accumulation of power in a bureaucracy that is detached from the interests of the American people.”
“Don’t let anyone tell you they can do this in 24 hours, six months, or anything like that,” he said. There will be trench warfare in this, and you must be able to manipulate the levers of power. We promise to carry it out.
DeSantis, considered to be Trump’s primary opponent for the GOP presidential nomination in 2018, has begun responding to Trump’s criticism.
The crowd in South Carolina greeted DeSantis on Friday by yelling “Ron!” during his first political gathering. DeSantis emphasized his wife Casey’s connections to the region, stating that she attended the College of Charleston and that her parents formerly resided in Mount Pleasant.
“We had a lot of fun traveling up here. Over the years, he said, we spent much time in the Lowcountry.
Following his speech, he passed by voters anxious to see him, including a woman of five whose husband is a member of the American military—an infantryman serving in the Marines stationed at neighboring Parris Island.
Lupi Tupou was watching with her little boy when DeSantis remarked, “People don’t realize that it’s a family effort.
DeSantis worked as a Navy Judge Advocate General officer in Iraq and the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.
Tupou claimed in an interview that her husband, Aloha, had been in the military for close to 19 years and that she partially supported DeSantis because she believed he understood her family’s commitment to the country.
This was after receiving an emotional hug from DeSantis and taking a photo with him.
She said of DeSantis, “To hear a candidate running that has served, I’m like, OK.”
“At least for someone to have a fair idea of what we’re all about. You have to stand up for the families, in my opinion.