Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) brought his book tour to Iowa and continued to have difficulty interacting with other human beings.
She smiled broadly and pointed to her hoodie, telling the governor that her son had gone to college in his home country. Mr DeSantis – dressed in a dark blue suit with an open-necked light blue shirt and black boots – stood on the other side of 10 metal bike racks separating him from the crowd. He gave a slight nod to Ms Barker and told her about his state’s new ‘grandparent waiver’ which gives tuition breaks to out-of-state students whose grandparents -Parents are Florida residents.
But Ms. Barker, a 50-year-old teacher who had driven about an hour to see the Florida governor in Davenport, has no other family in the Sunshine State, and she narrowed her eyes in confusion at his response.
The interaction underscored both the promise and the potential pitfall of a presidential bid for Mr. DeSantis. His preference for politics over personality can make him seem goofy and arrogant or otherwise stunning in person, depending on the voter and the success or failure of his one-on-one exchanges.
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Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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