Nov 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Ron DeSantis' "God ad" invokes God 10 times in 96 seconds

Mike Allen
Ron DeSantis speaks at a podium with a 'Keep Florida Free' sign attached to the front.

A screenshot from a new ad featuring Florida Governor Ron Desantis that was tweeted out by his wife, Casey DeSantis.

Ron DeSantis' campaign for reelection has released a new ad touting how God picked a "fighter" to become Florida's governor.

Driving the news: The video — tweeted by his wife, Casey — invokes God's name 10 times in 96 seconds, and never names DeSantis.

  • The whole ad is black and white.

"And on the eighth day," a deep voice thunders, "God looked down on his planned paradise and said: 'I need a protector.' So God made a fighter."

  • "God said: I need somebody who will take the arrows, stand firm in the face of unrelenting attacks, look a mother in the eyes and tell her that her child will be in school. ... So God made a fighter."

ğŸŽ™ï¸ Between the lines: The timbre and cadence of the spot's voice of God will resonate with older voters as evocative of Paul Harvey, the famed newscaster for Middle America who died in 2009 at age 90.

  • Everything but: "Good day!"

The ad is a takeoff on Paul Harvey's famous "So God Made a Farmer" speech to the Future Farmers of America in Kansas City, Mo., in 1978.

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