Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis landed a few punches, but none, at former President Donald Trump on Thursday in Iowa.
Accompanied by his wife and children, the Florida governor held a rally on the set of the iconic film “Field of Dreams” set in Dyersville, a far cry from the Fulton County Jail where the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, 77, was booked on related charges. to an alleged plot to overturn the results of the 2020 Georgia election.
“Well, I’m glad to be in the Field of Dreams. I’m happy to be here,” DeSantis, 44, responded when asked about the stark contrast between how he and Trump spent Thursday night.
The only contrast the Florida governor was willing to discuss since the unmistakable baseball diamond – surrounded by cornfields and made famous by the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” – was between himself and his Republican rivals. on stage Wednesday night in Milwaukee in the first primary debate. , which according to him “was fulfilled with great force”.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was “happy” to be in Iowa when asked about handing Trump over to Georgia authorities.AP
The governor spoke about his performance in Wednesday night’s debate from the famous baseball field.AP
“The thing about the debate is nobody hit me, so I wasn’t going to get involved in that scrum,” DeSantis said of his performance on the lively forum. “I know those guys came and went. And what I did with 100% of my time was speak directly to the American people about our vision to reverse the decline of the country.”
Hours before the event, the DeSantis campaign had been bracing for an onslaught of attacks from his lower-polling opponents.
“He will certainly be the center of attack,” DeSantis campaign manager James Uthmeier told ABC News before the debate.
Trump was booked by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. PA
DeSantis also insisted he would back the former president no matter what if he won the primary when asked about his apparent hesitance to raise his hand when Fox News host and debate moderator Bret Baier asked the candidates whether they would continue to support Trump as a Republican. candidate if he were convicted in a court of law.
“It wasn’t about that,” DeSantis said of his slow raising of his hand. “I signed that pledge. I will fulfill the commitment 100%. I objected to raising my hand and I thought most of the candidates seemed to agree with me, so I thought, ‘Okay, are we really doing this?’ and people were doing it.”
“I don’t think he was the nominee at the time, but I signed the pledge and that’s just the reality of the situation,” he added.
A poll commissioned by The Post found that 21% of Republican voters believe DeSantis won the first debate.AP
DeSantis has vowed to back Trump if the former president becomes the Republican presidential nominee.AP
The “Field of Dreams” course in Dyersville, Iowa is based on the iconic Kevin Costner film of the same name. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post
A post-debate poll commissioned exclusively for The Post found that 21% of Republican voters thought DeSantis had the best performance in Wednesday’s debate.
However, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy edged out the Florida governor for the top spot in the poll, with 23% choosing the 38-year-old “Woke, Inc” author and newcomer to politics as the winner of the debate.