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President Biden speaks in a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Fla., on Oct. 5, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

Today, President Biden told hurricane-stricken Florida that the federal government “will be here until it’s finished” after touring the damage from Hurricane Ian by helicopter, attending a briefing on the recovery efforts and meeting with state leaders, including Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

DeSantis is considered a potential 2024 White House contender, and he and Biden have sparred on several issues, including immigration. Biden alluded to the politics while praising DeSantis, telling reporters, “I think he’s done a good job. … We have very different political philosophies, and — but we worked hand in glove. And he’s been on — on things related to dealing with this crisis, we’ve been completely lockstep. There’s been no difference.”

Your daily dashboard

  • 10:15 a.m. Eastern time: Biden departed the White House en route to Florida. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will brief reporters on Air Force One. Listen here.
  • 1 p.m. Eastern: Biden surveyed storm-ravaged areas via helicopter near Fort Myers, Fla.
  • 2 p.m. Eastern: Biden received an operational briefing from federal, state and local officials in Fort Myers.
  • 2:35 p.m. Eastern: Biden met with residents and small-business owners affected by the hurricane in Fort Myers.
  • 3:15 p.m. Eastern: Biden delivered remarks on hurricane recovery efforts before departing Fort Myers. Watch here.

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