Vivek Ramaswamy, entrepreneur and Republican presidential candidate, is running a better campaign than Ron DeSantis, the current governor of Florida, according to an exclusive interview with Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA.
This controversial point of view comes from Kirk's direct observation of the campaign strategies of the two political figures.
As originally reported by Breitbart News, Kirk's statements echo his discontent with the current state of the political landscape.
It seems that Kirk has serious doubts about DeSantis's ability to run a compelling presidential campaign. He's less than impressed, to say the least.
"Ron DeSantis is running a terrible campaign," Kirk asserts.
“I mean…he’s a great governor…when people try to rewrite his record as governor, I don’t think that’s fair. He’s been a great governor. Vivek Ramaswamy is running the campaign that Ron DeSantis should be running," Kirk added.
Kirk's observations were voiced during the 2023 Turning Point Action Conference held in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Not only does Kirk criticize DeSantis's campaign, but he also makes some bold predictions. He anticipates an underwhelming performance from the Florida Governor.
“Vivek Ramaswamy is gonna probably finish second, and Ron DeSantis will finish third, fourth, or fifth," Kirk said.
Further, Kirk doubts DeSantis's potential for a successful 2028 presidential bid based on his current performance.
Part of Kirk's dissatisfaction stems from DeSantis's lack of interaction with the grassroots. The governor was notably absent from the Turning Point Action Conference, despite an explicit invitation.
"He has no real desire to engage with the grassroots. Here, we have 6,000 people in his home state. We have ten billionaires in the room,” Kirk continued.
Kirk added that DeSantis was "more than invited" and "actively courted" but chose not to attend the conference.
Moreover, Kirk criticizes DeSantis for prioritizing a fundraiser over attending the conference. This move, according to Kirk, was a mistake and a missed opportunity.
“He denied it because he has something more important to do,” he said. “What exactly? I think he has a fundraiser, is what I’m told, to go raise money.”
This hints at Kirk's belief that DeSantis is prioritizing raising money over engaging directly with the grassroots of his party.
When asked about his prediction for the 2024 Republican nominee, Kirk placed his bets on former President Donald Trump. In the backdrop of this speculation lies Kirk's fear for the country under the potential of another term for President Biden.
“It’s not good. The country would collapse even further. I mean, I never want to say the country will be over, but man, four more years of this, we’re going to be in a really bad spot,”
Kirk's statement reflects his deep concern for the future of the nation under the current administration.
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