DeSantis Offers Support to Jim Jordan Ahead of Speaker Vote

Governor Ron DeSantis offered his reaction Wednesday night to the ousting of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

In an interview with WSPA in South Carolina, DeSantis offered support to several of his former colleagues in the House, including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, who has declared for next week’s Speaker election.

“I think you have guys like Chip Roy from Texas who’s excellent, Thomas Massie from Kentucky, who’s excellent, Jim Jordan from Ohio. These guys are all good guys and I think they would do a good job.”

The interview was covered in a report by Florida Politics.

While DeSantis has been critical of the ouster–referring to it as “performative” in a Scripps News interview–he has not shown any love for McCarthy either.

In that same interview, he touted that he had opposed McCarthy even “when it wasn’t cool.”

“I opposed McCarthy when it wasn’t cool years ago. He’s really somebody that Donald Trump has backed and put into that position.”

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Just prior to leaving Congress in 2018, DeSantis offered his support to Jim Jordan for speaker instead of McCarthy. In a speech to the America First Coalition, he called the Ohio Congressman “tough” and “principled.”

“Look, Jim, he’s is a champion wrestler, he’s tough, he’s principled, and if Jim Jordan were Speaker we’d get these documents tomorrow because he fights and he would dig in. And so I think it would be great. I mean, I think all the lobbyists would be quaking in their boots if Jim Jordan was Speaker,”

Tensions flared last month after McCarthy took a swipe at DeSantis, saying the Florida Governor was “not at the same level as President Trump by any shape or form,”

DeSantis responded by criticizing both McCarthy and Trump.

“You know, look, Donald Trump, he supported Kevin McCarthy very strongly for Speaker. I don’t think he would have won the Speaker vote. Donald Trump was instrumental in him earning that Speaker’s gavel and they worked hand in glove really throughout his whole presidency. They were on the same team on every major spending bill that came down the pike and they ended up together adding $7.8 trillion to our national debt,”

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DeSantis made his latest remarks while campaigning in South Carolina. In his interview with WSPA, he also talked about the country’s direction and called for a “revival” of the country.

“We have heard a lot of bluster through the years,” DeSantis said. “We have heard a lot of promises. We have to deliver on those promises. The country is going in the wrong direction. We need to change course. We need a new birth of freedom. We need a revival for the United States of America. That is only going to be done through strong leadership and proven results and that is what I represent.”

He also appealed to South Carolina voters.

“I know South Carolina is a very pro-military state; they are pro-veteran, and I think we are going to get a lot of support on that.”

“I am the father of a six, five and three year old,” he continued. “I understand what parents are going through. Parents rights, raising kids, making sure we have education not indoctrination.”

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