Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is campaigning on building a "border wall."
The Daily Wire reports DeSantis as revealing this part of his platform during the recent campaign stop that he made in Iowa at U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) annual “Roast and Ride” event.
This comes after DeSantis recently announced his presidential candidacy. He did so during a Twitter "Spaces" event that was marred by technical difficulties.
The "Roast and Ride" event was attended by all Republican presidential candidates except for former President Donald Trump, the man who is dominating the Republican field. Trump is up, on average, 30 percentage points over DeSantis, Trump's closest Republican rival.
At the "Roast and Ride" event, DeSantis spoke with voters about important parts of his presidential platform, including the securing of the U.S.-Mexico border, which has become out of control as a result of the open-border policies of the Biden administration.
“I’ve heard, as a Republican, talk about this southern border for years and years and years,” DeSantis said. “I will finally be the president to bring this issue to a conclusion. We will shut the border down.”
How will DeSantis "shut the border down," you may ask?
The Florida governor continued, "We will build a border wall. We will end mass migration into this country. And, we will hold the Mexican drug cartels accountable for the carnage they have unleashed on the American people."
.@RonDeSantis at today's Roast and Ride does not mince words about what's needed at the southern border. He will be the one to get it done.
"I've heard, as a Republican, talk about the southern border for years and years and years. I will FINALLY be the president to bring this… pic.twitter.com/vW1ZSqDfHZ
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) June 3, 2023
Former President Trump may not have been at the "Roast and Ride" event in person, but he was certainly there in spirit.
DeSantis, in the above video, essentially repeated one of the common refrains from Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
For example, back in August 2016, Trump said, "We will build a great wall along the southern border."
Unlike DeSantis, though, Trump said that "Mexico will pay for the wall, 100%." DeSantis, in contrast, did not say how he would pay for the wall if here were to become president.
Regardless, Trump, in previous elections, showed that it is important for a Republican candidate to be strong on immigration, and that is what DeSantis is doing.