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Ron DeSantis is perceived as one of the strongest candidates for the 2024 presidential election. The Florida governor is nationally known, has plenty of cash on hand and many are talking about this being his “moment.” Despite indirectly flirting with the idea of running, DeSantis has not made a decision. According to rumors, May would be the key month.
Recently, the Sunshine State governor was asked directly about his aspirations and he did not hesitate to outline his own timeline. In a dialogue with Fox and Friends, he said that he is currently focused on promoting his new book and pushing his legislative agenda, once the state Congress returns to work in early March.
“We’re going to sell some books, we’re going to spread the message of Florida. And then on March 8, I have our Legislative Session that’s kicking off,” he said in the interview, “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” he added.
“This is going to be the most productive Legislative Session we have had across the board and I think people are going to be really excited… So those are what we’re going to be doing over these next few months as we get beyond that, then we can decide from there,” DeSantis added. In other words, he would announce his decision at the end of the state legislative session on May 5.
According to The Hill, some Republican strategists had already been anticipating this move. The logic would be as follows: given that he has control of both state houses, the governor intends to accumulate more legislative victories on which to build further momentum at the national level.
DeSantis’ entry would change Republican primaries
So far, the 2024 Republican primaries will be a head-to-head between Donald Trump and Nikki Haley. The former South Carolina governor announced her candidacy on February 15 and was the first to challenge the former president. But it is still early in the race and there are many other big names who are seriously considering entering the race. One of them is DeSantis.
Mike Pence, Tim Scott, Will Hurd, Mike Pompeo and Marco Rubio are all standing in the same place.
Chris Sununu and Brian Kemp, while Glenn Youngkin, Asa Hutchinson, Larry Hogan and Chris Christie are also potential candidates in the Republican primary for president.
The New Hampshire governor even went a step further and took a shot at his Florida colleague. At a POLITICO event, he claimed to be “ranked the most fiscally conservative governor in the country. I’m No. 1 in personal freedoms. Sorry, Ron, you’re No. 2.”
Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: [email protected] // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: [email protected]