DeSantis’ blueprint for America: Ron’s campaign promises include a ‘settlement’ in Ukraine, rebuilding the border wall, openness to a federal abortion ban and preventing ‘gender ideology’ in schools
Ron DeSantis‘ presidential platform would hone-in on issues important to conservatives, including a strict abortion ban, bolstered Second Amendment rights and completing the border wall Donald Trump promised.
Notably, the Florida governor also wants to keep the U.S. out of the Ukraine War and is calling for a ‘settlement’ of the conflict with Europe leading the charge.
DeSantis has been promoting for months his Blueprint for America, but those policy proposals are now much more real considering he is an official 2024 Republican presidential candidate.
The glitch-filled Twitter Spaces conversation with Elon Musk on Wednesday evening gave the governor a chance to discuss his accomplishments in Florida, and how he plans to translate that to a federal agenda if elected president.
In talks with key Republicans, DeSantis claims that he will be a sharp turn from temperamental and exuberant former President Trump and instead adhere to conservative principles and remain more lowkey.
‘This whole business we are in is about producing results,’ DeSantis said during the Twitter campaign launch. ‘I don’t care about fanfare.’
DailyMail.com breaks down what policies Ron DeSantis plans to promote on his presidential platform as he begins next week his first campaign swing through early primary contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
In a short video released after the chaotic campaign announcement on Twitter Spaces Wednesday night, DeSantis joked – with a straight face – that he ‘broke the internet’
Wants and ‘state and federal role’ in abortion restrictions
In Florida, DeSantis successfully implemented a ban on abortions at the six-week point of a pregnancy after the Supreme Court ruling last summer overturned Roe v. Wade and gave power back to the states to regulate abortion laws.
‘Dobbs returned the issue to the elected representatives of the people, and so I think that there’s a role for both the federal [government] and states,’ DeSantis said of last June’s ruling.
DeSantis is fiercely pro-life and in April signed Senate Bill 300, which is known as the Heartbeat Protection Act because at six-week pregnant a fetal heartbeat can usually be detected.
There is an exception to the law that allows pregnancy termination past the six-week mark in order to save the pregnant woman’s life, there is a fetal abnormality detected or if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest – but the woman would be required to have documented proof of the incident.
DeSantis’ six-week ban is currently not in action as the Florida Supreme Court weighs a legal challenge to the state’s current 15-week abortion ban that the governor signed into law last year.
If enacted 30 days after the Florida court ruling, Florida would be one of the states with the most restrictive abortion laws.
‘I think that would be an abuse of power for them to try to override every single pro-life protection in this country,’ DeSantis said of the challenges to abortion restriction laws.
Trump has appeared uncomfortable with consequences of Roe v. Wade overturn, which many see as one of the largest achievements of his Supreme Court appointments.
The former president privately blamed abortion hard-liners for Republicans’ disappointing midterm election results and has since refused to commit to supporting a national abortion ban.
DeSantis has seized on this, saying ‘as a Florida resident,’ Trump has not said whether he would have signed ‘the heartbeat bill.’
Part of DeSantis’ platform as a presidential candidate would include a federal restriction on abortion access, which is something that could see him fall out of favor with pro-choice conservatives
Demands ‘settlement’ of Ukraine War and calls it a European issue
Despite being called a ‘globalist’ by Trump and the former president’s allies, DeSantis does not want U.S. involvement in the Ukraine War and is calling for a ‘settlement’ of the fighting with Russia.
Earlier this year, DeSantis dismissed the ongoing war as a ‘territorial dispute’ when speaking to since-ousted Fox News personality Tucker Carlson – a comment that earned him a lot of criticism from even fellow Republicans.
‘In terms of what’s going on over in eastern Europe, you know, I’d like to see a settlement of this,’ DeSantis said during an interview with Fox News Tonight on Wednesday evening. ‘I do not want to see a wider war.’
He added: ‘I think it’s completely unknowable what it will look like in January of 2025. But I would not want to see the United States with our troops get enmeshed in a war in Russia or in Ukraine.’
The Florida governor also wants to see a ‘settlement’ in Ukraine and suggested its war with Russia is more of a European issue than the concern of America
He also suggested the fight was Europe’s to deal with, and not as much of America’s concern.
‘The Europeans really need to do more,’ he insisted. ‘I mean, this is their continent.’
‘The U.S. has provided security for them. And yes, Poland — there’s some that are doing stuff, and that should be appreciated,’ DeSantis added. ‘But Germany, they’re not doing anything.’
DeSantis has denounced the ‘open-ended blank check’ that he claims President Joe Biden and Democrats have written to Ukraine in its war with Ukraine.
Signed law allowing gun owners to concealed carry without a permit
DeSantis signed last month a law eliminating concealed carry permit requirements in Florida, meaning that gun owners can now carry a hidden firearm on their person without needing documentation to do so.
The governor has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his stanch pro-Second Amendment stances.
‘Ron DeSantis vigorously opposes gun, magazine and ammunition bans,’ the NRA said.
During Wednesday’s Twitter Spaces talk, pro-gun conservative media personality Dana Loesch was given the chance to speak with DeSantis.
The former NRA spokesperson raised questions to DeSantis over banks providing consumer information to the FBI that can be used to track gun purchases.
This gave the Florida leader the chance to discuss a ban on retail codes for guns.
In Florida, DeSantis signed a law that allows the permit-less conceal carry of firearms
Stop educators from ‘injecting gender ideology in elementary schools’
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued a travel warning to Florida, saying the state is ‘not safe’ for LGBTQ people.
DeSantis said during his Twitter Spaces launch Wednesday that this travel ban was a ‘farce’ and ‘political stunt.’
‘Last week, the NAACP issued a travel advisory against your state claiming that Florida is not a safe place for minorities to visit,’ Twitter Spaces moderator David Sacks said to DeSantis. ‘What do you say to those who’ve been advised that somehow they aren’t welcome in your state?’
‘Claiming that Florida is unsafe is a total farce,’ the governor replied. ‘I mean, are you kidding me?’
‘So this is a political stunt,’ DeSantis insisted. ‘These left wing groups have been doing it for many, many years. And at the end of the day, what they’re doing is colluding with legacy media to try to manufacture a narrative. Now the good news is, fewer Americans are gullible enough to believe this dribble.’
One of DeSantis’ most controversial laws is House Bill 1557 and was dubbed by critics as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. It restricts classroom discussion or instruction involving gender identity or sexual orientation.
He has also signed legislation banning transgender people from using restrooms that do not align with the gender in which they were born and prohibits children from attending ‘adult live performances’ – like drag shows.
The governor vowed Wednesday evening to fight against entities trying to ‘inject gender ideology in elementary school,’ like Walt Disney Co.
‘While not a blanket recommendation against travel nor a call for boycott, the travel advisory outlines the devastating impacts of laws that are hostile to the LGBTQ community, restrict access to reproductive health care, repeal gun safety policies, foment racial prejudice, and attack public education by banning books and censoring curriculum in order that prospective travelers or residents can make the best decisions for themselves and their families,’ the NAACP press release on the travel advisory states.
Finish the border wall and crackdown on rising crime
DeSantis promised that as president he would finish the southern border wall, which was a hallmark of Trump’s successful 2016 presidential run.
‘It’s an absolutely insane system,’ the governor said of current laws at the border. ‘So we’ll stop that.’
‘We will move on Day One by declaring a national emergency, we will construct a border wall, we will make sure we have Remain in Mexico,’ he added.
The barrage of migrants crossing the southern border has continued. Pictured: Migrants, mostly from Haiti, create a makeshift shelter in Mexico City, Mexico on May 18 as they continue on their trip to the U.S. southern border
DeSantis has repeatedly blamed the spike in crime across the U.S. on the open southern border and Democrats’ soft-on-crime stance.
He even signed in Florida a hard-line crime law that includes a provision lowering the threshold for imposing the death penalty on criminals.
‘In Florida our crime rate is at a 50 year low,’ he touted during the Twitter conversation on Wednesday. ‘You look at the top 25 cities for crime in America, Florida does not have a single one amongst the top 25.’
He continued in response to the NAACP issuing a travel advisory on Florida: ‘And if you look at cities like Baltimore and Chicago, you got kids more likely to get shot than to receive a first class education, yet I don’t see the NAACP batting an eye about all the outrage and the carnage that’s happening in those areas.’