Ron DeSantis slams ‘bogus’ and ‘manufactured’ criticism he is ‘stiff’ and ‘awkward’ when Fox News anchor asks him if he should portray a ‘warmer image’
- Howard Kurtz asked: ‘You’ve heard criticism for months. He’s too stiff.’
- ‘Some of that is manufactured,’ DeSantis responded
- DeSantis been loosening up on campaign trail recently
Ron DeSantis slammed criticism that he’s stiff and awkward on the campaign trail, calling it ‘manufactured’ by his political enemies.
Fox News‘ Howard Kurtz asked DeSantis about the criticism in an interviewed that aired Sunday, saying to him: ‘You’ve heard criticism for months. He’s too stiff. Oh, he’s too awkward. Oh, he doesn’t have the charisma. In retrospect, would it have been better to project a warmer image?’
‘Well, I think some of that is manufactured,’ DeSantis responded, pointing out his won his 2022 re-election campaign by a large margin.
Ron DeSantis said criticism he’s ‘stiff’ on the campaign trail is ‘manufactured
‘We do do things where I’m out there, you know, the shaking the hands,’ the Republican presidential candidate added. ‘I’ve done more retail than anybody.’
‘Has your wife suggested,’ Kurtz started to ask, suggesting Casey DeSantis, a former local TV anchor, may have had some feedback.
But DeSantis kept speaking: ‘I think the people that know me know that there’s a bogus narrative. But there is a seriousness to what we face in this country right now.’
A campaign memo revealed last month showed DeSantis’ advisers had the same worry about the Florida governor.
DeSantis is trailing Donald Trump in polls for the Republican presidential nomination by double digits. The former president holds a 44 point lead in the RealClearPolitics polling average.
To help DeSantis overcome his awkward image, the memo suggested he ‘invoke a personal anecdote story about family, kids, Casey, showing emotion.’
DeSantis has been more inter-active on the campaign trail, beginning to embrace the requirements of retail politics, which includes hand-shakes, selfies and answering a lot of questions from voters.
He has gotten his family involved too. DeSantis has emphasized his youth, his attractive wife, and his young children as he tries to sell himself to the American people.
He and Casey took their three children – Madison, Mason, Mamie – to the Iowa State Fair and to play baseball in the state’s famous ‘Field of Dreams.’ They also took the kids to a rodeo in Reno, Nevada.
Ron and Casey DeSantis at the first Republican presidential primary debate – the two often appear together on the campaign trail
The couple often takes their children campaigning with them; above Ron DeSantis laughs as he drives a bumper car with his daughter Madison as they hit another car driven by Casey DeSantis, left, and their son Mason at the Iowa State Fair
Ron DeSantis got behind a bar in Reno, Nevada, to serve beer to veterans
Even when he’s out solo, DeSantis is trying to be more spontaneous.
The Florida governor passed out Chick-fil-A to first responders in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Idalia and got behind the bar of an VFW outpost in Nevada to pour beers for veterans.