Headline RoundupOctober 6th, 2022

Biden and DeSantis Voice Unity While Touring Hurricane Ian Wreckage

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Florida on Wednesday, touring the wreckage left by Hurricane Ian, which tore through the peninsula as a Category Four storm last week. During the visit, Biden met with political rival and potential 2024 White House challenger, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The two held a joint press conference and voiced similar messages of unity and collaboration to respond to the disaster.

DeSantis voiced appreciation for the speed in which relief funding was granted for the state, noting that recovery efforts were “cutting through the red tape, and that's from local government, state government, all the way up to the president, so we appreciate the team effort.” Shortly before arriving in Florida, President Biden authorized an increase in federal aid reimbursement from 30 days to 60. Biden commended Governor DeSantis for the state government’s handling of the hurricane. “We live in a nation where we can cooperate,” the President stated during the press conference. He later praised the response of the state government and Governor Ron DeSantis and vowed that his administration would work with relief efforts “every step of the way.”

Coverage of the meeting between the two political leaders framed it as a moment of peace amid the partisan sparring that has defined their relationship as of late, focusing heavily on the political events that caused the animosity, despite both leaders working to focus attention on relief efforts. CNN (Left Bias) labeled DeSantis “combative” in their characterization.

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