Ron DeSantis made Iowa the central focus of his presidential campaign.
But with less than a week left to go, DeSantis has so far failed to gain any traction in the polls.
That is why Ron DeSantis said six words about the Iowa Caucus that caught Brian Kilmeade by surprise.
The latest RealClearPolitics polling average shows Donald Trump with a commanding 32.7-point lead in Iowa at 51.3% support.
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley are locked in a battle for second place, with the RealClearPolitics average showing DeSantis in second at 18.6% and Haley in third at 16.1% in the Hawkeye State.
Despite spending more time and money in Iowa than any of his competitors, Nikki Haley’s poll numbers are surging while Ron DeSantis’ are flatlining.
But DeSantis believes his time spent on the ground in Iowa will pay off and lead to a surprising outcome on January 15.
He recently appeared on Fox News Channel’s Rundown podcast where he called Trump’s lack of time in Iowa a major weakness.
“He has not been willing to take questions from Iowa voters,” DeSantis said. “He refused to participate in the debate that we’re doing on January 10th,” he continued. “He, of course, has not participated in any debate thus far.”
“I think the candidates who, you know, spend all the money on TV but aren’t actually down on the ground visiting folks, they tend to under-perform and the candidates that have that organization tend to over-perform,” he added.
DeSantis also appeared for a longer interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News radio where he shared the same optimistic outlook for Iowa.
“So, on the RealClearPolitics, he’s got a significant lead over you today in a new poll of GOP leaders or county captains,” Kilmeade said to DeSantis. “Are you saying that things will change from here on in?”
DeSantis doubled down on his previous statements that he does not put much faith in poll numbers.
“I mean, you know, individual voters actually decide these things,” DeSantis said. “And so, you know, we’re going to actually be in a situation where people are going to be able to vote starting on the 15th and the 23rd and in New Hampshire and going on from there, you know, that’s going to bring clarity.”
He pointed to his landslide victory in 2022 to make his case about poll numbers not being an accurate reflection of the electorate.
“And look, I ran in 2022 and I was very critical of the polls because I had polls saying that I was in the, you know, two or three point race with my Democrat opponent, four or five points even two weeks before, and I won by 20 and we knew we were going to win big, but that was just not what was reflected there,” DeSantis said. “So, I think there’s been an overreliance on it.”
DeSantis concluded by predicting that his campaign would shock the world in Iowa on January 15.
“But I can tell you this, you know, we have a tremendous organization here,” DeSantis said. “We’ve got great energy. These are people that are true believers. Tens of thousands of people have committed to caucus for us. We have 1500 plus precinct captains ready to go on caucus night. This is how you do this stuff.”
“And so, I think that people are going to be watching on caucus night,” DeSantis continued, before telling Kilmeade that he believes “they’re going to be pleasantly surprised.”
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