Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took to the stage in California on Tuesday to deliver a fiery speech, touting the “massive gains” made in his state and blasting “leftist politicians” for their policies. DeSantis, who took office in January, criticized California for its high taxes, high regulations, and “failed policies” that have led to the state’s current economic woes. He then went on to cite Florida’s success in comparison, noting that the state has seen “massive gains” in economic growth and job creation.
“In Florida, we are focused on creating an environment where businesses can thrive, and families can live the American Dream,” DeSantis said. “We have cut taxes, rolled back regulations, and invested in our infrastructure.” The governor also took aim at “leftist politicians” in California, accusing them of being more focused on “political correctness” than on creating an environment conducive to economic success.
“We have seen the consequences of leftist politicians in California. They are focused on political correctness. They are focused on social engineering. They are focused on making sure that everyone checks the right boxes, rather than creating an environment of economic opportunity,” DeSantis said. DeSantis also noted that Florida has been successful in attracting businesses from California, citing the recent announcement from Tesla that the company will be building a new factory in the state.
“We are taking the best and the brightest away from California,” he said. The governor concluded his speech by noting that Florida is “the most successful state in the nation” and a “beacon of hope” for those looking to escape the “failed policies” of other states. “It is an exciting time in the Sunshine State, and I hope that more and more people will join us in Florida and enjoy the immense opportunities that we have to offer,” DeSantis said.