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While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis traveled around the country to support Republican candidates during the midterm election campaigns, it seemed fairly obvious to many that he may be eyeing a presidential run in 2024.
While campaigning for the GOP gubernatorial nominee Mark Ronchetti in New Mexico, an attendee to the event said that DeSantis’ speech was more about himself.
“It was more about him than it was about Ronchetti,” said Del Clothier, a 68-year-old Marine Corps veteran. “I was thinking he’s trying to get his feelers out there to see what people think of him — and maybe he might run for president.”
When DeSantis was questioned about a possible 2024 bid on “Fox and Friends” last summer, he said, “Nice try, man.”
The speculation has ramped up since DeSantis’ big win for re-election in Florida last Tuesday. Pollsters are pitting him against Trump in surveys about the future GOP primary.
DeSantis defeated the Democrat Charlie Crist by nearly ten points and won in Miami-Dade County which many believed was impossible.
Now all eyes have turned to 2024 and people are asking the question: Will there be a Trump vs. DeSantis GOP primary?
“[W]e just finished this election, people just need to chill out a little bit,” was the FL governor’s response at a press conference this week.
“We have this Georgia runoff coming, it’s very important for Republicans to win that Georgia runoff,” DeSantis said. “I mean, I know around the country, Florida was kind of the biggest bright spot, it was not so bright in other parts of the country.”
“It was a substandard performance, given the dynamics that are at play,” he continued.
The governor was likely talking about the high inflation numbers, the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the state of Joe Biden’s cognitive health, among other things.
It’s unfathomable that the Republicans didn’t thrive in the current environment.
The runoff in Georgia on December 6th between the Republican candidate Herschel Walker and Democrat incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock will decide if there’s a 50-50 split in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker or whether the Democrats will have a true majority, 51-49.
Trump came out swinging against DeSantis calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a rally in Pennsylvania days before the midterms. He also referred to him as “an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations” in a post on his social media site Truth Social.
DeSantis did not initially respond to any of the insults and remarks hurled at him by the former president.
On Tuesday of this week, while speaking at Fort Walton Beach High School, a reporter asked him about Trump’s “less than flattering comments.”
DeSantis said, “What you learn is all that’s just noise. And really what matters is are you leading? Are you getting in front of issues? Are you delivering results for people? And are you standing up for folks? And if you do that, then none of that stuff matters.”
Buckle up! We’re in for a bumpy ride.