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DeSantis plays the role of DC champ, Tallahassee outsider in gov campaign launch

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Donald Trump’s guy for governor traveled to Donald Trump’s slice of South Florida Monday morning to launch a bid to hold the state’s highest office, delivering a speech heavy on conservative principles but light on Florida policy.

Ron DeSantis, a three-term Palm Coast congressman and former military prosecutor who served at the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, name-dropped the president and blasted sanctuary cities during a 25-minute speech inside a crowded ballroom at the Embassy Suites in Boca Raton. Comparing himself to term-limited Gov. Rick Scott, DeSantis promised to clean up the state capitol and cast himself as the outsider in a Republican primary that features Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam and may soon include House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

“We Republicans, we can’t have the insiders pick the candidate in 2018,” said DeSantis, who came to the stage holding his 14-month-old daughter, Madison. “We need someone who’s going to follow Rick Scott’s legacy and shake things up.”

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