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IPFS News Link • Politics: Republican Campaigns

Covid wars launch DeSantis into GOP 'top tier'

• https://www.politico.com by MARC CAPUTO

Ron DeSantis once drew national scorn for his stewardship of Florida's Covid-19 response — critics took to referring to the governor as "DeathSantis" for his resistance to restrictive measures.

But that very blowback — marked by predictions of doom and widespread criticism for being divorced from science — has made DeSantis ascendant in the GOP. His position is strengthened among the GOP grassroots and elites heading into his 2022 reelection in Florida and accompanied by increasing conservative chatter nationwide about a presidential bid.

By scrapping with reporters and President Joe Biden's White House — which has singled out Florida and the governor in recent weeks — the wonky but combative governor has elevated his profile at a time when other big-state governors have been laid low.


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