While Governor Rick Scott was scheduled to appear with the president this afternoon, he has drastically curtailed both his appearances and praise for Donald Trump since the U.S. Senate race began heating up.
After he got a tepid response from congressional Republican leaders to his suggestion that he would shut down the government over the issue, the president made only a subtle reference to the threat Tuesday evening in Tampa.
Although Putnam, a longtime Florida politician, originally led DeSantis in the polls, the three-term House member recently shot past him, buoyed by the president's support - including a pair of tweets. "It's true. He's tough, he's smart and he loves Florida, he's loves our country, and he's going to be your next governor, Ron DeSantis", Trump said Tuesday night at the rally. And Trump is making clear that after almost two years of base-pleasing policies, he is not going to change what got him where he is. On Monday, before the rally, DeSantis even released a 30-second commercial that jokingly ties his domestic life to Trump. So he's airing an ad that shows him using toy blocks to teach his young daughter how to build Trump's border wall. Trump said he plans to campaign for Republicans across the country five days a week in the run-up to the midterm elections in November.
Ivanka Trump has joined her father Donald Trump on a trip to Florida after helping to pass a workforce development bill in the White House. He'll then head to Tampa Bay Technical High School where he'll talk about workforce development and perform a ceremonial signing of H.E. 2353, the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act". "We may have to do some pretty drastic things, but we're going to get it".
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"After a while, you forget who's the senator", Trump said, adding that he wants to make sure Scott "wins and wins big".
"Only American citizens should vote in American elections".
Trump will not be one of those presidents who only grudgingly tears himself away from the weighty affairs of state to campaign for party lawmakers.
Trump has maintained a steady presence in the state, returning frequently to his winter home in Palm Beach. Yet there is a desire for the Kochs to cooperate with Trump allies in other states, such as Nevada and Montana, where Republican candidates are considered more vulnerable.
"I don't think he's anxious about the general election at this point", Weisert continued.