COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis criticized House Republicans on Wednesday, lamenting to a crowd in southwest Iowa that he had “not noticed much difference” since they outstripped by the majority after the 2022 midterm elections.
“I’m tired of Republicans always losing to Democrats,” the Florida governor said to applause in Council Bluffs.
“In Washington, it’s like you elect Republicans and control the House. I haven’t noticed much difference on anything,” DeSantis continued. “They promise all this, they go on TV…and then nothing happens.”
The former US congressman’s snub reflects DeSantis’ attempt to compare his successes in Florida to those of other Republicans across the country, including former president Donald Trump.
DeSantis also took special care to draw a contrast with Trump when an Iowan voter asked him if he was “Trump-lite” during a town hall-style interview Tuesday night, saying he respected his conservative politics “even before Donald Trump was ever elected.” a Republican, much less a President of the United States.
But the latest comment about House Republicans comes as other House Republican leaders have announced their support for Trump, including Reps. Tom Emmer and Steve Scalise this week. House Speaker Mike Johnson endorsed Trump in November.
DeSantis is increasingly distancing himself from Trump. seeks notable finish in Iowa caucuses, the first GOP nominating contest, which takes place in less than two weeks. Trump continues to be a favorite in polls among Republican voters in Iowa and elsewhere, despite the best efforts of DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to unseat him.
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