Listen: President Trump, RON, Santa discussed on CNN's The Daily DC
"Hey, everyone. This is David chalian the CNN political director, and this is the daily DC. Thanks so much for listening today on the podcast President Trump and Republican primaries perfect together. If you're on the winning side of his endorsement, we saw in Georgia in that runoff just last week that Brian Kemp the secretary of state there emerged victorious in his runoff. Obviously, there are many factors that went into that, but no doubt the late final week endorsement from President Trump was part of his winning mix his winning brew. And we have seen the president's power inside Republican primaries to really tip the scales to take a candidate who's trailing and catapult them to the front of the pack. That seems to be what's happening again in Florida. Now we're weeks away from the August twenty eighth primary, but the Florida goo. Notorial contest on the Republican side is between congressman Ron to Sampras who's been in congress, twenty thirteen and Adam Putnam a former congress member, but has been the agriculture Commissioner in the state of Florida. He was elected to that post in twenty ten. And in this battle, Donald Trump has chosen side. Then he did so a long time ago, if you haven't read the Jonathan Martin piece in the New York Times, I urge you to check it out. It is a detailed account of how crafty descent was in terms of his Fox News appearances, getting in front of the president, defending him, forcefully on his favorite channel and then winning over his endorsement. I just sort of a Trump tweet of support of how much he loves this aunt and then him going whole hog the full endorsement. And it seems to be moving to Santa's numbers up. Dissent is, of course, is thrilled about this. Your calling card inside a Republican prime. Mary is I am fully hugging, President Trump that is a powerful calling card among Republican primary voters to Santa's clearly think so. Because listen to a snippet of this brand new campaign ad, and I urge you to go on YouTube and check it out because the visuals are great too, but you will get the idea when you hear this descent, this campaign ad about just how much he would like to become a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump himself. Basically inside the context of this Republican primary, take a listen. Everyone knows my husband, Ron to Santa's is endorsed by President Trump. He's also an amazing dad. Ron loves playing with the kids build the wall. He reads stories then Mr. Trump said, you're fire love that part. He's teaching Madison to talk make America great again. So there he is reading to his child from Trump's book playing blocks with his. Child in building a wall. He is more fully embracing Donald Trump than I've seen any candidate do throughout this entire cycle. The question will become should descent emerge as the Republican nominee is this ad gonna come back to haunt him in any way in a general election context. If he is the GOP nominee in Florida, I don't know the answer to that. We'll see what the voter say November, but that will be the question that hovers over this. Can you full-bore embraced Donald Trump in a Republican primary where he is so popular with the voters inside the base of the party who show up and vote in primaries and not be singed by that in any way, when you move to a general electorate context where he is not nearly as popular as he is inside the Republican primary. In fact, mostly his numbers are upside down or he's an even split. He certainly upside down with independence. And again, you're trying to win those over in general election context. So is descent. Going to be playing this same ad that you just heard as the Republican nominee for governor in October as he's playing here for weeks out from his primary against Adam, Putnam I doubt we'll see that same ad except we may see it in a democratic add his whoever emerges successful from the democratic gubernatorial nomination fight may use that ad against him in some way, but we'll see. And this is a different playbook. Then we are seeing from Rick Scott who was able to avoid a primary and be more in a general election context against Bill Nelson for much of the time that he is entered this race and so governor Scott."