Florida gov. Ron DeSantis spoke about his state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.
“We are stronger as a state and much happier as a people because of this leadership,” DeSantis said. “Florida has lower per capita Covid mortality than the national average and lower than 27 other states. Our unemployment rate is lower than the national average, even though tourism isn’t fully back, and our budget is in great shape.”
“Florida got it right and the lockdown states got it wrong,” DeSantis said to the cheering crowd.
At the end of September, DeSantis moved all of the state into Phase 3 of re-opening, which eliminated COVID-related business closures and capacity limitations.
His order made county-wide mask mandates unenforceable, by eliminating fines associated with them.
In addition, DeSantis issued an order which barred local governments from adopting and enforcing restrictions they saw fit.
Earlier this month, DeSantis slammed the idea of restricting travel to Florida after the Biden administration contemplated domestic travel restrictions to “to prevent the spread of variants that appear to be surging in a number of states.”
“It would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise and it would be unjust,” DeSantis said, vowing that Florida would fight back against any travel restrictions.
More than 1.8 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in Florida and more than 30,000 have died. However, those numbers represent better per capita figures than the United States as a whole.
“Under the leadership of Gov. DeSantis, Florida is a free state where data and science prevail, and residents’ individual liberties are respected and protected. Thanks to the governor’s ongoing commitment during the COVID-19 public health emergency to protect our most vulnerable while safeguarding the right to earn a living and the right to operate a business, the governor has been able to lift Floridians up instead of locking our state down,” DeSantis’s office said in a statement to the Miami Herald.
“While every death resulting from COVID-19 is a tragedy, the data demonstrates that Gov. DeSantis’ leadership prevented the deaths of potentially thousands in our state.”
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Gallup poll: GOP holds large advantage over Dems in economy, national security
A recent Gallup poll shows Americans overwhelmingly have faith in Republicans over Democrats when it comes to the economy. In fact, the GOP “holists largest advantage on the economy in over 30 years, with 53% of Americans trusting Republicans more than Democrats on the issue” writes the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The poll holds Republicans at a 14-point lead over Democrats for handling the economy better. “The GOP scored 10 points higher on the economy than last year, marking the largest margin between the two parties since 1991.”
Gallup’s publication of the poll is titled ‘Neither Party Well-Liked, but GOP Holds Advantage on Issues.’ It may not be a shock that “The two major political parties remain unpopular in the U.S., with 56% of Americans viewing the Republican Party unfavorably and 58% saying the same of the Democratic Party” but the GOP holds “historically ample leads.”
— Reagan Reese (@reaganreese_) September 26, 2023
“Fifty-three percent of Americans believe the Republican Party will do a better job of keeping the country prosperous over the next few years, whereas 39% choose the Democratic Party.”
“A slightly larger majority, 57%, have greater faith in the Republican Party to protect the country from international terrorism and military threats, while 35% favor the Democrats.”
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