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Gov. Ron DeSantis defends Florida’s COVID response at Federalist event

ORLANDO – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to a friendly crowd, touting his “default” pandemic position – freedom – during an appearance at a convention of the conservative legal advocacy group the Federalist Society on Friday evening.

In what was dubbed a “fireside chat” without a fire, DeSantis sat with former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, also a Floridian, and presented his record as Florida governor, all the while punching upward at President Joe Biden.

DeSantis followed former Vice President Mike Pence. Both men are considered top-tier possible Republican nominees for president in 2024, especially if former President Donald Trump decides against running again. The governor also faces his own reelection campaign later this year.

Pence earlier in the evening addressed his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, certification of the Electoral College vote in favor of Biden over Trump, who this week had said Pence should have unilaterally overturned the election results, rather than certify them.

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