MSNBC host Joe Scarborough compared Gov. Ron DeSantis to former President Barack Obama while discussing a potential matchup between the Florida governor and Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican primary.
Former Obama campaign adviser and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs joined Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski to discuss the potential matchup. Like Obama, we won’t know what “kind of candidate” DeSantis will be until he’s out on the national stage, he said.
“Boy, he’s a perfect example. I’d say, he’s a perfect — I mean, you can pair him with Ron DeSantis in that regard, you don’t know what DeSantis is going to do on the national stage at the end. “I was very skeptical that a state senator who had just been elected to the United States Senate would beat the Clinton machine,” Scarborough said.
“Sometimes it’s lightning in a bottle,” he added.
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“One, you really rightly pointed out that what we don’t know is how someone is going to perform on a national stage. You know, I think it’s not too different from how Barack Obama performed when he first came out. . . Opening night is an opportunity to practice off-Broadway before the play opens. So it’s going to be scrutinized from the beginning,” Gibbs said at the start of the debate.
He added that when he traveled with Obama on the campaign trail, the former president was not very comfortable on the national stage.
“You kind of practice and learn it because you have to do it every single day,” he said.
Trump announced his plans to run for president in 2024 after the midterm elections in November.
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“When I think of Ron DeSantis, I’m reminded of that famous Mike Tyson quote, that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face the first time.” Scarborough also said.
Trump and DeSantis have recently sparred over Jobs as the former president accused DeSantis of being “disloyal” and claimed he wouldn’t have been elected if he hadn’t been governor.
DeSantis told reporters at a press conference that the people of Florida are able to judge and vote for him based on his performance as governor.
“And I’m happy to say, you know, in my case, not only did we win re-election, but we won with the highest percentage of the vote for any Republican gubernatorial candidate in the history of the state of Florida. achieved success,” DeSantis said. During a press conference when asked to respond to Trump’s comments.
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