Our nation cannot afford Ron DeSantis as president. Under Governor Ron DeSantis, costs in Florida are out of control, with property insurance, utility rates, and rents skyrocketing. Ron DeSantis is attacking our freedoms, signing a near-total abortion ban, implementing permitless carry of concealed, loaded guns that make us less safe, and enforcing unconstitutional laws that are costing Florida taxpayers millions in court. While our costs continue to rise and our freedoms erode, DeSantis is too busy doing favors for his billionaire and corporate elite donors in order to advance his own ambition to be president instead of providing real relief to Floridians. As Governor, DeSantis has given billions in taxpayer handouts to some of his largest donors, including a $3 billion taxpayer bailout of the insurance industry, while raising our taxes by over $1 billion as workers and seniors struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. This mirrors his record in Congress, where he supported cutting billions from Social Security and Medicare while voting for massive tax cuts for the richest Americans and corporations. We can’t trust Ron DeSantis because he will always do what is best for his own political career as he has no real beliefs outside his own desire to climb the political ladder. Floridians are falling behind and America cannot afford Ron DeSantis as president.
Ron DeSantis is only looking out for his corporate donors and the wealthy developers who line his pockets with campaign contributions. He’s not looking out for you. While you work hard every single day to provide for your family, Ron DeSantis is fighting to let landlords and developers price gouge you out of your home, which is why under his leadership rents in Florida increased by more than double the national average over the last two years. It is time that we all come together to demand the freedom we have earned, including an affordable place to live. Tell politicians like Ron DeSantis, who have put their corporate donors ahead of the people they were elected to serve, that we all deserve better.
Everyone, no matter our background, where we come from, or who we love, deserves the freedom to know that with hard work, we can provide a good life for our family. But throughout his time as a politician, Governor Ron DeSantis has tried to divide us by putting his own political ambitions and corporate donors ahead of what’s best for the people he was elected to serve. We know what we can accomplish when we work together, but while Ron DeSantis has put himself first, our costs have skyrocketed and our freedoms have been curtailed. While Ron DeSantis wants to make our personal medical decisions for us, police who we love and what we learn, and attack people striving for a better future, we are focused on the real issues facing everyday people like lowering the cost of housing and health care, increasing wages, fighting for equal rights for everyone, and ensuring we all have the freedom to live our own American Dream.
Ron DeSantis is the worst kind of politician. He divides us instead of finding common ground. He bends over backwards for his richest campaign donors. He cares more about his ego than he does about our state. He sees his current political office as a personal steppingstone for his national ambitions, so he panders to extremists across the country. We need leaders who care about more than themselves.
Ron DeSantis is too extreme. He promotes Trump’s Big Lie about a stolen election, bans abortion before many people know they are pregnant, attacks teachers and children for being who they are, and punishes employers for disagreeing with his political agenda. We need leaders who believe in common sense, working with every community, and helping all families.
Private health care decisions should be made by those seeking care, not politicians, including when it comes to abortion care. But Ron DeSantis has signed an extreme near-total abortion ban that puts lives at risk. This is wrong. We need leaders who will put people’s health, safety, and real-life needs first, and leave private health care decisions private.
Ron DeSantis will strip away access to affordable and quality health care and protections for people with preexisting conditions. While in Congress, he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and sided with Big Pharma against lower prices for prescription drugs. Private health care decisions should be made by those seeking care, not politicians. But instead of putting people’s health, safety, and real-life needs first, Ron DeSantis has signed an extreme near-total abortion ban and blocked access to gender affirming care for our most vulnerable communities, all while doing nothing to increase access or lower the cost of health care.
Ron DeSantis has signed a new law to allow permitless carry of loaded, concealed guns in our streets without a background check, training, or license and wants to roll back red flag laws passed after the tragedy at Parkland. We know the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. hurt the most vulnerable among us, especially children. That’s why more than 80% of Americans oppose permitless carry and 63% support banning assault weapons. We need reasonable restrictions on gun access, like banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to keep our kids safe in schools and our communities safe from our churches to our grocery stores.
Schools should be a safe environment where all of our children get an honest, high-quality education. While our teachers need a raise and our students need supplies, politicians like Ron DeSantis are instead focused on censoring classroom materials. At Ron DeSantis’ direction, schools in Florida have banned books like “Beloved” and “Of Mice and Men” and stopped showing an anti-bullying video for middle and high school students supporting gay and transgender kids. Teachers are even being forced to remove pictures of their same-sex spouses from their desks and peel “safe space” rainbow stickers off their classroom doors. We need real leadership that puts our children’s education, not the divisive agenda of politicians, first.
Medicare & Social Security
Ron DeSantis has repeatedly supported cuts to Social Security and Medicare throughout his career. In Congress, he voted numerous times to raise the eligibility age for both programs to 70 and to cut recipients’ benefits.
In Congress, Ron DeSantis voted for a tax bill that gave 83% of the benefits to the richest Americans and corporations while raising taxes on middle-class families, adding 1.9 trillion dollars to the national debt, and cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from programs like Medicare. As Governor, he’s continued showering the corporate elites and billionaires with tax breaks and handouts while Floridians struggle to pay the bills.
After Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse, Ron DeSantis tried to place blame on diversity initiatives at financial institutions and failures by federal regulators, yet conveniently left out his own record supporting the deregulation of banks. As a member of Congress, DeSantis was an outspoken champion for rolling back regulations on banks with less than 250 billion dollars like Silicon Valley Bank, and in 2018 voted to loosen oversight of these banks.
We work hard and we deserve a Governor who works hard for us. But while Ron DeSantis collects his $141,000 taxpayer-funded salary and uses the state’s taxpayer-funded private jet to travel the country running for president, Floridians are the ones paying the price for his political ambitions. As we struggle during an affordability crisis, Ron DeSantis is using our tax dollars as a credit card to fund his campaign for president. It’s time the Governor showed up for his job, just like the rest of us.