U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has launched the TV phase of his Republican campaign for Florida governor with a 30-second spot that touts his biography and conservative credentials and, in a mild surprise, waits a full 20 seconds before mentioning his endorsement by “the big man himself” — President Donald Trump.
The DeSantis camp will be airing the spot statewide as part of a $12 million buy over the next nine weeks before the Aug. 28 primary.
The ad notes DeSantis served as a U.S. Navy JAG officer in Iraq and “dealt with terrorists” at Guantanamo Bay.
GOP primary rival Adam Putnam isn’t mentioned, but the narrator says DeSantis has “the guts to fight establishment politicians in both parties, to drain the swamp.” The DeSantis camp has made much of the fact that Putnam, 43, has held elected office since he was 22 years old (Florida state House, U.S. House, Agriculture commissioner).
Trump tweeted his praise for DeSantis in December, before DeSantis formally entered the race for governor.
Last week, the president followed up with another tweet lauding DeSantis and saying the congressman “has my full Endorsement!”