Megyn Kelly questioned Gov. Ron DeSantis about his poor polling against former President Donald Trump, suggesting he should drop out of the GOP primary.
DeSantis defended himself by criticizing political experts and emphasizing the importance of voter decisions over polls.
He expressed confidence in earning the nomination through voter support. (Trending: Elon Musk Condemns Arrest Of Jan 6 Protester)
“Your campaign and its super PAC had spent the most money, had the most high net worth donors, and had a wave of momentum coming into this race,” Kelly said.
“After your big reelection win in Florida, you were seen by many as the candidate most likely to consolidate the non-Trump field.”
“But here we are a month out from the first real votes and you haven’t managed to do it.”
“In fact, Nikki Haley is beating you in New Hampshire and South Carolina now and closing in on you in Iowa. Not to mention Trump, who is not only dominating in the early states, but he’s beating you in Florida by over 30 points.”
“Is it fair to say, as Senator Tim Scott did, when he dropped out that voters are telling you not no, but not now,” she asked.
“So we have a great idea in America that the voters actually make these decisions, not pundits or pollsters,” DeSantis pressed.
“I’m sick of hearing about these polls, because I remember those polls in November of 2022.”
“They said there was going to be a big red wave. It was going to be monumental. And that crashed and burned,” he said.
“The one place it didn’t crash and burn was in the state of Florida.”
“They weren’t predicting that I would win the way I did,” DeSantis said.
“And I want the greatest Republican victory in the history of the state of Florida. I’m looking forward to Iowa and New Hampshire.”
“The voters are going to be able to speak, and we’re going to earn this nomination, and here’s what we need.”