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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will formally announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election at 6 p.m. ET on Twitter during a conversation with Elon Musk moderated by tech entrepreneur and supporter David Sacks.
Fox News senior political analyst Juan Williams pointed out what we’ve witnessed over the last six months with former President Trump attacking DeSantis at every turn.
“Right from the start, he is going to be the target,” Williams said of the Florida governor.
“He’s already the target from President Trump as his number one rival. It’s a big difference in the poll numbers, but he is the number one alternative.”
Fox News contributor Guy Benson had some advice for DeSantis, arguing that the soon-to-be GOP presidential candidate has to walk a fine line in trying to appeal to Republicans and win over Trump supporters.
“Some of those supporters are, let’s say, soft supporters. He doesn’t want to actively alienate them, but he does want to raise certain differences, points of difference, where he would make the case that ‘I’m the better bet for the Republican Party and the future of the movement in general and the opportunity to serve,’” he said on Fox’s “The Story.”
Megyn Kelly and guests Emily Jashinsky and Eliana Johnson discussed DeSantis’ strategy on Tuesday’s episode of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” echoing Benson’s sentiments.
Former President Trump continues to hold a commanding lead over the GOP field. RealClearPolitics shows Trump at 56.3% for GOP voters, with DeSantis at 19.4%.
Republican strategist Karl Rove cautions the Trump campaign. As candidates enter the race and voters learn more about them, Rove said the polls are likely to “tighten.”
“We’re likely to see the polls sort of close a little bit over the next couple of months. There could be big changes, comparatively big changes, by the time following the debates,” he explained.
“But remember, at this point in 2008, Rudy Giuliani was way ahead and so was Hillary Clinton at this point in 2008. In 2012, 30 days before the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich was ahead.
“You know, we’ve seen the front-runner and admittedly, President Trump is not the normal front-runner, but we’ve seen the front-runners fade when people get to know more about the other candidates in the race and find somebody else more attractive.”
“There is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the notion that the best America can do is to nominate a 78-year-old and an 82-year-old for the toughest job in the world,” he said.
“That takes a lot out of anybody who has it. Take a look at the photos of these men when they came into office and then take a look at the photo of when they left the office and whether it’s George W. Bush or Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. They have changed.”
Is America yearning for someone younger to take the reigns in the job as leader of the free world?
We will soon find out.