In a recent interview on WFLA’s Morning Show with Preston Scott (100.7 FM), Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis discussed his campaign for governor.
DeSantis, who was first elected in the US House in 2012, is a former Navy lawyer that graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History and from Harvard Law School.
DeSantis told Scott that Florida is at a historic moment with the 2018 elections and that the first sixty to ninety days of the elected governor’s tenure could be the most influential in Florida’s history.
This is due to three potential Florida Supreme Court vacancies.
He added replacing liberal judges that have had a record of being activists and legislating from the bench will open up legislative opportunities that have been stymied in the past.
“In one fell swoop you can be in a situation where you are transforming the court into a legal institution that respects the law and respects the constitution..”, said DeSantis.
DeSantis said that changes to charter schools, tort reform and welfare reform could get renewed consideration with new appointments to the Florida Supreme Court.
On the political side, DeSantis said that he believes a lot of voters in Florida want to see someone run for governor who represents the conservative base and who has supported President Trump.
Scott asked DeSantis what Trump has done to win him over.
DeSantis said, “Trump means what he says” and cited Trumps handling of the Israel embassy move and noted that other presidents had promised action, but Trump got it done.
He further noted that Trump’s independence and deviation from conventional beltway wisdom has allowed him to pursue an aggressive domestic and international policy.
DeSantis said Trump “has been the most effective president advancing key conservative priorities since Reagan, and it is not even close.”
As it currently stands, DeSantis will face Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Republican primary for governor in August.