Florida GOP candidate Ron DeSantis released a new campaign ad on Monday showcasing his child’s ability to build a wall. DeSantis is endorsed by Trump and makes no secret of his affection for the president.
The clip also features narration by DeSantis’ wife, Casey, who begins by telling viewers, “Everyone knows my husband Ron DeSantis is endorsed by President Trump. But he’s also an amazing dad. Ron loves playin’ with the kids.”
The scene cuts to one of the gubernatorial candidates’ children, who is stacking cardboard blocks on top of each other. He encourages her with a giant smile, chanting, “Build the wall.”
If that weren’t enough to secure his spot at President Trump’s favorite GOP candidate, the scene cuts to DeSantis reading The Art of the Deal to another child. He says, “Then Mr. Trump said, ‘You’re Fired.’ I love that part.”
The new ad is certainly tongue-in-cheek, a nice departure from the increasingly negative attacks between DeSantis and Adam Putnam. The Sun-Sentinel notes that DeSantis is expected to win, likely because of Trump’s endorsement, which gave him a huge boost.
In the latest polling numbers, Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found that 41 percent of Florida Republicans support DeSantis, while Putnam had 21 percent. The remaining were undecided for the August 28th primary.
Ron DeSantis will likely have an even bigger boost after Tuesday when President Trump travels to Tampa for a rally with the GOP candidate.
The Sun-Sentinel reported Monday that DeSantis’ campaign plans to run the ad statewide ahead of the primary. They didn’t offer specifics on how much money they plan to spend on it, or where exactly it will run.
The content of the ad is appropriate for swinging Republicans toward DeSantis in the state. A Florida Atlantic University poll released last week showed Trump at 80 percent approval among Republicans. He has a 41 percent approval rating among all Florida voters.
One Republican voter commented to the Sun-Sentinel, “I usually go with what Trump wants, which is DeSantis. I haven’t done my homework yet, but that’s sort of what I think at this point.”
The new campaign ad ends with Ron DeSantis teaching his youngest daughter how to talk using a Make America Great Again campaign sign.