MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finished up his day on the Grand Strand with a presidential campaign rally in Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon.

DeSantis held his Myrtle Beach rally at Ground Zero, and the room was packed with supporters waving signs and ready to welcome him. He campaigned earlier Friday in Murrells Inlet.

The governor talked about a number of issues that are a priority to him, including stronger immigration and border security laws, resources for veterans and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

He spoke on a number of efforts he’s made in Florida as governor and wants to reflect that at a national level. The first thing he said is strengthening veteran care and the military across the nation.

“As commander in chief, on Day 1, I’m ripping it all out,” he said. “The woke is gone, the politics is gone, the social is gone. We’re going to focus the military on its core mission. Mission first, that’s what it’s going to be about.” 

DeSantis is seeking the Republican GOP nomination against 11 other candidates.

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