DeSantis: 'Floridians Can Count on Me'; Low Taxes, New Investment, Cleaner Environment

By Susan Jones | November 7, 2018 | 5:56 AM EST

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, standing with his wife, gives his victory speech Tuesday night. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Ron DeSantis, Florida's governor-elect, got right down to business in his victory speech Tuesday night, saying, "Floridians can count on me" to build a Florida "that's cleaner, safer, stronger."

As governor, I'll make sure Florida remains a low-tax state.

We'll hold people in government accountable. We'll protect taxpayer dollars; we'll ensure that Floridians from all walks of life have that open field and fair chance to realize their dreams.

And for those of you in high-tax states who may be contemplating investing in Florida, please know that we will remain open for business and we will save you an awful lot in taxes if you bring your investment to Florida.

President Donald Trump was last but not least on the list of people DeSantis thanked:


"And finally, I'd like to thank our president for standing by me when it wasn't necessarily the smart thing to do. Mr. President, I look forward to working with you to advance Florida's priorities. I think you're going to get tired of me calling you, asking you for things for Florida, but I look forward to that. I think we'll have a great partnership."

DeSantis noted that when he served in Iraq, it didn't matter where his fellow service members came from or what they looked like. "We all wore the same American flag patch on our uniform," he said.

"Now political campaigns are rough business and are often about highlighting our differences. And unfortunately in this day and age, they often spiral into downright demagoguery. But governing is different. Governing is about getting things done on behalf of the people of Florida.”

He mentioned the economy, water quality, environment, public safety and expanding educational opportunities.

So you can count on me if you're a low income family and you're relying on a step-up for student scholarship for your child to have education opportunities, you ca count on me to keep that going.

If you're somebody who's interested in protecting the environment that Floridians enjoy, you can count on me to stand for clean water, stop the toxic algae, fight red tide and restore the Everglades.

Floridians can count on me to keep taxes low and to use our low tax climate to drive more investment into the state of Florida. We can have real significant gains in manufacturing, technology, finance. That'll mean a broader economic base. It means higher paying jobs. You actually will end up raising more money for the government with low tax rates so you can do things for environment and education and public safety.

DeSantis said law enforcement and active duty military and veterans also have his support, "100 percent."

And he said he will appoint "solid constitutionalists" to the state courts "so that we can end judicial activism and restore the constitutional order."

DeSantis said he is now turning the page on the campaign and is willing to work with all Floridians.

“I don't care if you were against me in the campaign. I want to work with you to advance our common priorities," he said.

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