The Latest: DeSantis says faith can mend political divide

The Latest: DeSantis says faith can mend political divide
Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, center, speaks during a news conference following a luncheon, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. At left is Senate President Bill Galvano, and at right is House Speaker Jose Oliva. Newly elected officials will be sworn in at the inauguration Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Republican Ron DeSantis as Florida’s next governor (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is giving God credit for ending slavery, helping the civil rights movement and winning the Cold War against communism.

He also said during a prayer breakfast Tuesday hours before his inauguration that faith will help mend political division.

DeSantis said the United States “never would have been able to eradicate slavery without God.”

DeSantis also lamented the nastiness of politics and said the more people look to God, “the easier it will be for us to solve problems.”

DeSantis said he decided not to have a traditional inaugural parade for two reasons: He feels uncomfortable with the attention, and he wants to use the time so he and his wife can baptize their 9-month-old son.

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3 a.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will be sworn in as Florida’s new governor and Republicans will begin their third decade dominating the state’s Capitol.

DeSantis’ inauguration ceremony will begin Tuesday morning in front of Florida’s Old Capitol, where he’ll lay out his vision for the next four years.

DeSantis gave a preview of his priorities during pre-inaugural events Monday, saying that he’s going to act quickly on a number of issues once the pomp and circumstances of the inauguration are over.

That includes naming three new justices to the Supreme Court, announcing major environmental policy proposals and visiting the areas devastate by Hurricane Michael in October.

DeSantis is replacing Gov. Rick Scott, who will be sworn into the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.