Joe Biden 'contributing' to Ron DeSantis' bid as POTUS makes '2024 play' in Florida visit

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Joe Biden helped “contribute” to Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial re-election bid by visiting Florida ahead of November 8, a Republican strategist has claimed. The 46th President headed down to the bellwether state just days before Floridians vote in key Senate, House and Governor races. Despite Mr Biden’s last-minute dash, the GOP look set to come out on top as Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Ron DeSantis have both been given favourable odds at re-election.

According to the polling website FiveThirtyEight, Mr Rubio has opened up a 9.6-point gap over Val Demings and Mr DeSantis’ has extended his lead to 11.2 percent.

Mr Biden also failed to win Florida, which has voted for the victorious candidate in 16 out of America’s 19 post-war Presidential Elections, when Donald Trump carried the state by 370,000 ballots in 2020.

A Floridian Republican suggested the POTUS’ visit to the Sunshine State would only assist GOP candidates on November 8.

Christian Ziegler, who is Vice Chairman of the Sunshine State’s Republican Party, told Express.co.uk: “Joe Biden visiting Florida should be reported as an in-kind contribution to both Marco Rubio and Ron DeSantis’ campaigns.

“No better reminder for what Floridians are rejecting on November 8 than the Vegetable in Chief being in our backyard.”

When asked about whether the Democrats still had a chance in Florida, Mr Ziegler added: “No chance. There’s a better chance that Biden makes it through his entire speech without fumbling his words (impossible), than there is for him to have any negative impact on DeSantis in Florida.”

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However, another Republican strategist highlighted how Mr Biden’s visit could be considered a play for the looming US Presidential Election in 2024.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Minnesota’s former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said: “It’s a 2024 play. DeSantis is top of the list of presidential hopefuls so this looks like a flex.

“It seems like a strange time to flex. They have big fish to fry in those other states.”

Opinion polls have narrowed throughout 2022 and Democrats are now on the defensive in Senate races in Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

Arizona might also have come into play for the GOP after Libertarian candidate Marc Victor dropped out and endorsed Republican hopeful Blake Masters.

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When asked about who has come out on top in the initial tussles between Mr Biden and Mr DeSantis, Ms Koch added: “I think it’s too soon to say where those two land for 2024.

“It’s hard to believe Biden will actually run but DeSantis has been a real thorn in this President’s side, so for Biden or for the Florida Democrat hopefuls this is about 2024, in my opinion.”

It is not yet clear if Mr Biden will launch a re-election bid in 2024.

The 46th President and his wife Jill Biden have reportedly been meeting with senior advisers since September as they prepare to launch a re-election bid, according to the Washington Post.

However, Mr Biden is yet to publicly confirm if he will enter the race amid concerns about the 79-year-old’s health.

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Opinion polls also suggest Mr Biden could struggle in a re-election run against Mr Trump.

A recent Echelon Insights survey gave Mr Trump a one-point lead which could be enough for the 45th President to flip Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin back into the Republican column.

However, in a Marquette University Law School poll conducted in September, Mr Biden established a five percent lead over Mr DeSantis.

The Florida Governor has also been quite coy about his ambitions.

During his debate with ex-Governor Charlie Crist, Mr DeSantis refused to rule out running for the White House in 2024.

Mr DeSantis instead said: “I know that Charlie’s interested in talking about 2024, in Joe Biden. 

“But I just want to make things very, very clear.

“The only worn-out old donkey I’m looking to put out to pasture is Charlie Crist.”

Mr Biden took aim at Mr DeSantis during his appearance in Florida.

The POTUS labelled the Sunshine State’s Governor as “Donald Trump incarnate” and said he was “demonising the LGBTQ population”.

Biden said: “This, to me, is one of the most important races in the country.

“Charlie is running against Donald Trump incarnate.”



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