Joe Biden set to raise funds for Ron DeSantis rival Charlie Crist

President Joe Biden will replace Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist a week before the November midterms.

Biden and Crist, the Democrat seeking to oust Florida Governor Ron DeSanis, will headline a private fundraiser on November 1, the Miami Herald reported.

News of Biden’s fundraising visit for rival DeSantis comes the week after the governor and president were praised for putting aside partisan politics to provide relief to Floridians after Hurricane Ian.

President Joe Biden, along with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, receive an operational briefing from federal, local, and state officials on current response and recovery efforts at Fishermans Pass in Fort Myers, Florida on October 5, 2022. Biden would attend a fundraiser. event for DeSantis challenger Charlie Crist a week before the gubernatorial election.

Crist’s campaign said the paper’s fundraising “dipped due to Hurricane Ian.”

President Biden understands what’s on the November ballot,” Crist said,
who served as governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, said in a statement.

“Whether it’s protecting a woman’s freedom to make decisions about her own body or helping our state rebuild and prepare for the next storm, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Florida and we are grateful for their support.”

He added on Twitter Sunday: “In 23 days, we will make Ron DeSantis a one-term governor and a zero-term president.”

Newsweek contacted Crist and DeSantis’ campaigns, and the White House, for comment.

The event comes ahead of a closely watched race that DeSantis, who has been widely touted as the 2024 GOP presidential candidate, is “clearly” favored to win, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Based on numerous polls, DeSantis has a 94 out of 100 chance of winning the race, according to poll aggregator predictions Oct. 16.

The event will be Biden’s third visit to Florida since taking office, but his first to oppose Democrats.

He traveled with First Lady Jill Biden to Fort Meyers on Oct. 5 to survey damage from Hurricane Ian.

Although the president and governor of Florida were recently embroiled in a feud over southern border migration, Biden praised DeSantis’ response to the hurricane.

“What the governor has done is pretty remarkable,” Biden said during his last visit.

“I think he did a good job…Look, I called him, I think, even before he called me, when I heard this storm was coming.”

Acknowledging that he and DeSantis have “very different political philosophies,” Biden said they “worked hand in hand.”

“He’s been on – on things related to handling this crisis, we’ve been completely in sync. There’s been no difference.”

The announcement of Biden’s return to Florida to help boost Crist’s campaign comes as a recent poll found most Floridians continue to disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president.

The Mason-Dixon poll found that 54% of those polled are unhappy with Biden’s performance, while 42% approve of the job he is doing. The survey was conducted from September 26 to 28.

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