Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis gave an extensive interview to Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on Friday, emphasizing his Catholic faith and commitment to Christian values.

During the interview, the Florida governor said that a renewal of America’s success would require people to return to their faith.

“It’s got to be spiritual,” he said. “And I think it’s got to be a strong faith, that is really going to get us through very turbulent times.”

“Look, at the end of the day, there’s certain problems, economic problems, there’s problems at the border, they are all very important, but why are we here?” he asked. “Why are we free people? We’re free because God has endowed us with inalienable rights. That’s why America was founded. Our Constitution was created, not to give us rights, but to protect the rights that God has already bestowed upon us.”

DeSantis maintains that his own family life is governed by his religious faith, which informs his parenting values.

“Our household is a Christ-centered household,” DeSantis added. “We’re raising our kids with those values. We think that that’s very important… It’s great for us when our kids are coming back from preschool or kindergarten, talking about David and Goliath and we’re like, thank you. So we’re very, very appreciative of being able to do that. … My son, he was four for Christmas this year, he wanted a sling to be like David slaying Goliath and so that really warms our hearts when we see that.”

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The Florida governor also used the opportunity to criticize Donald Trump for not supporting Florida’s “heartbeat” law restricting abortion.

“While I appreciate what the former president has done in a variety of realms, he opposes that bill,” DeSantis said. “He said it was ‘harsh’ to protect an unborn child when there’s a detectable heartbeat. I think that’s humane to do.

“I mean, I was really surprised because he’s a Florida resident and I thought he would compliment the fact that we were able to do the heartbeat bill, which pro-lifers have wanted for a long time,” he added. “He never complimented, never said anything about it. Then he was asked about it and he said it was ‘harsh.’”

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