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DeSantis Dials Down Rhetoric as Biden Lines Up Florida Hurricane Aid

  • DeSantis compliments Biden, blue states for helping recovery
  • Florida governors have risen or fallen on disaster response
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Biden Says DeSantis Is Happy With Federal Response to Hurricane Ian

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis raised his national profile in his first term by pursuing partisan policies and attacking rivals with the kind of discourse favored by Donald Trump. But as he leads Floridians in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the nation is seeing a much different governor. 

In public briefings this week, DeSantis has repeatedly thanked Democratic-led states like New York and New Jersey for sending assistance. And he had kind words for President Joe Biden, a frequent target of his political ire, for quickly lining up disaster relief. DeSantis and Biden have spoken twice so far, setting aside feuding over issues like flying migrants from Texas to liberal Democratic enclaves.