February 29, 2024
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with members of the media outside of his headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa, on Friday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with members of the media outside of his headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa, on Friday. Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, gaggling with dozens of reporters outside of his Urbandale headquarters in the snow, said it’s tough to predict whether subzero temperatures will help or hurt him on Monday night’s caucuses.

“Nobody can forecast what the turnout is going to be. Anyone that tells you they can do that is not being honest. It’s a major wild card,” DeSantis said, standing alongside Texas Rep. Chip Roy.

While confident his committed supporters will show up and are “fired up,” DeSantis reminded the reporters it’s unpredictable. 

“The reason why you do an organization is because something like this can happen,” DeSantis said. “There’s a machinery that goes with a caucus, no matter what, but especially now with what the weather’s gonna be like.”

His pitch to Iowans who might be deterred by the freezing temperatures: “You’re never going to have an opportunity to have your vote count more, pack more of a punch than on Monday night.” 

Regardless of the weather, DeSantis said he would be working to earn people’s votes. 

“I’ll brave the elements. I’ll brave whatever we need to. I mean, nothing’s handed to you in this life much, much less a presidential nomination. So if you have to go and trudge through snow to be able to earn the vote, you trudge through snow to be able to earn the vote,” he said, adding how his wife, Casey, was out knocking doors.

Asked by CNN if he feels the criticism he’s leveled at Trump recently is resonating with voters or if they’ll stick with him despite, DeSantis called out conservative media – likening them to being a “Praetorian Guard” for Trump – and suggested they’re not holding him accountable. 

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