Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ glitchy presidential campaign announcement prompted disappointment among some Republicans Wednesday, but others insisted his launch was still a success.
DeSantis made his highly anticipated campaign announcement on Twitter via a campaign video and a discussion with Elon Musk after being delayed with technical difficulties. While one Florida operative told the Daily Caller News Foundation DeSantis’ rollout was a “missed opportunity,” another said it was “successful” overall.
“I do think it was a missed opportunity to really do something spectacular and kind of just, you know, burst onto the scene,” Ben Torpey, a Republican political consultant from Florida, told the DCNF. “[He could’ve made] this launch a huge, huge deal, and really blow it out of the water, and I just think it was a missed opportunity in the end.”Torpey didn’t think it was a “good move” for DeSantis to make his presidential announcement on Twitter, and criticized the launch for being delayed, having audio only and lacking video, he told the DCNF. Despite the obstacles, Torpey doesn’t think the rocky launch will hurt him in the primaries, and believes it could be just a “blip on the radar.”
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