- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was advised to write “Like” on a notepad before the 2018 debate.
- In a debate prep video obtained by ABC News, an adviser told DeSantis to keep his aggression down.
- “You have to write ‘Like’ in all caps at the top of the pad,” said the adviser away from the camera.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was advised by an aide to find ways to be “likable” and to be less aggressive when speaking in debates.
Year Video obtained by ABC News The reveal on Sunday shows DeSantis preparing for the 2018 governor’s debate.
“You walk in there and there’s a pad. You have to write it in all caps on the top of the pad. ‘Good,'” an adviser sitting off-camera told DeSantis. rice field.
The adviser said, “I have the same personality, so I do the same thing. We are both aggressive.
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According to ABC News, the adviser later told DeSantis:
DeSantis then replied, “Yeah, definitely,” according to ABC News.
DeSantis took a cautious tone at the 2018 debate, Also, while talking about disaster relief efforts Then in October at Arcadia Hurricane Ian has made landfall in South Florida.
However, he has been known to lose his cool at times. In April, DeSantis was challenged by a reporter over claims that he witnessed torture while working as a non-commissioned officer at Guantanamo Bay.
“Do you really believe it’s credible?” DeSantis told reporters at a news conference at the Tolerance Museum in West Jerusalem on April 27.
He said he was a “noncommissioned officer” in 2006 and angrily asked a reporter:
And in March, Ron DeSantis had a brief exchange with a Times of London reporter after he didn’t answer a question about how his Ukraine policy differs from that of President Joe Biden.
Elsewhere in a 2018 video released by ABC News, the governor was seen getting ready with Florida Rep. Matt Gates. We asked DeSantis a mock debate question about how to handle potential disagreements.
DeSantis replied that the questions must be answered in a way that “doesn’t offend” Trump voters.
“It needs to be framed so as not to offend all his voters,” he said. DeSantis explained, according to the ABC video, that he would answer such questions by stating that he does what he thinks is “right” and supports Trump’s agenda.
DeSantis representatives did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment, which was sent outside of normal business hours.