DeSantis Doubles Down On Trump-Backed Coronavirus Approach

While coronavirus cases surge nationwide and more and more governors give in to stricter public health measures, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is doubling down on his long-held strategy: No mask mandates, few closures and a focus on the economy. 

And he's not the only one.

DeSantis, along with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), both staunch Trump allies, are maintaining an approach that mirrors the example set by the Trump administration. That's left strategists wondering whether they are betting that sticking with President Trump will propel them to reelection or perhaps even to higher office. 

The governor's supporters argue that DeSantis is pushing back on the restrictions with the state’s predominantly tourism- and hospitality-based economy in mind. 

“He gave each county the ability to do what they want to do,” said Florida-based GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “It’s the freedom of letting the counties decide what is best for them, which is going to ultimately serve him best with Florida voters.”

Read more from Julia Manchester at The Hill

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published this page in In The News 2020-12-03 10:43:56 -0500
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