The governor’s campaign manager, Generra Peck, told NBC this week that DeSantis would begin focusing on a more national approach to campaigning, moving away from his political wins in Florida. DeSantis formalized his expected bid for the White House in May but has so far failed to make headway against former President Donald Trump. vice grip on GOP primary polls. The DeSantis campaign has been hit by missteps, and his offer is doubtful it began to grow among Republicans.
“Ron DeSantis was never the best or the establishment’s favorite, and he won because of it every time,” Peck said in a statement to NBC. “No one in this race has been on fire more than Gov. DeSantis. He is ready to prove them wrong again. Buckle up.”
She added that DeSantis would change focus from large campaign events to more intimate appearances and could give more access to media outlets. The governor is mostly resist such appearances on major networks, an unusual strategy for a candidate trying to appeal to voters across the nation.
There is also growing concern about the breakneck pace at which DeSantis is spending campaign funds. It brought in $20 million during last quarter’s fundraising draw, but it was reported 70% of its donors they have already given the federal maximum to a native. The governor has also struggled to find a grand coalition of smaller donors, though his affiliated super PAC, Never Back Down, has raised $130 million since March.
Politico reported last week that his campaign had begun cutting back on staff, a troubling sign as the race is just getting ready, with the first GOP primary debate set for August 23 in Milwaukee. He is obscure will Trump attend the debate.
Despite such concerns, DeSantis defended her bid for the presidency earlier this week in a rare interview with CNN, saying he wanted the country to look forward rather than back, a dig at Trump, who lost re-election in 2020.
“They’ve been saying I’ve been doing poorly my entire time as governor, basically,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
DeSantis drew nationwide criticism earlier last month after his campaign shared a new ad celebrating his efforts to limit freedoms for LGBTQ+ Americans. The video attacked Trump’s words of support after the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which left 49 people dead.
The Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ group representing conservatives, called the announcement “divisive and desperate,” warning alienating essential voting blocs.