Biden surveys Hurricane Idalia’s damage in Florida, without DeSantis
On September 4, 2020, Joe Biden traveled to Tampa, Florida, to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Idalia, which had recently passed through the area. The hurricane had left in its wake widespread destruction, flooding, and power outages. During the visit, Biden spoke to community leaders and hurricane survivors, visited some of the hardest hit areas, and reported back with a better understanding of the challenges facing the community as they work to rebuild.
Biden’s visit to Florida is notable for one notable absence: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who elected not to join the Democratic presidential candidate on his tour of the affected areas. Critics have argued that DeSantis’ decision could be seen as a broader indication of the governor’s unwillingness to cooperate with the Biden campaign, as DeSantis has been a vocal supporter of President Trump’s re-election.