President Trump goes all in at Tampa rally for Ron DeSantis as Florida's next governor

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 23:24:50-04

TAMPA, Fla. — President Donald Trump’s endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis now giving the U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district a considerable bump in the polls and popularity.

Florida voters at a Trump rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds cheering and chanting "U.S.A." as Trump told them to put DeSantis in the governor’s office.

The rally is taking place just weeks before the Aug. 28 Republican gubernatorial primary. DeSantis will face off against state Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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“I wanted to be here to formally endorse Ron you gotta get out and vote,” Trump said. “He is going to be an incredible governor I don’t do these endorsements easily.”

As the crowd of thousands anxiously waited for the president’s arrival, Casey DeSantis, went through her husband’s voting record and made it clear he is the candidate for Florida.

“Ron, again, is running for the right reasons,” Casey DeSantis said. “It’s not because he wants to be somebody, he wants to do the right things.”

Trump was also asking Floridians to vote for Gov. Rick Scott. Scott running of the U.S. Senate is trying to oust Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson.

“Get your friends, get your colleagues, get your neighbors, and get out and vote in November,
Trump said.  

The rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds is the first in Tampa since Trump won the White House.  

Supporters are telling ABC Action News their biggest concern was fighting illegal immigration.

“We will have tremendous border security and will build that wall,” Trump said as supporters cheering “build that wall.” 

“We are tracking down the gang members, and we are tracking down the drug dealers, and the child predators and the criminal aliens and we are throwing them the hell out of our country,” Trump said.

The speech is also calling for stricter voter ID requirements. The president saying some cities were giving illegal immigrants the right to vote in certain elections.

"Only American citizens should vote in American elections," Trump said. "Which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else.

Trump touched on numerous topics from North Korea to NAFTA.  But, kept his focus on why he was in the Sunshine State.

“Loyal citizens like you from the incredible state of Florida help build this country,” Trump said. "We are returning power to where it belongs, the American people.”