Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis seemed to indicate Monday that he does not plan to run for president in 2024, leading many to conclude that former President Donald Trump will make another White House run.
DeSantis quietly filed paperwork to officially kick off his gubernatorial re-election campaign. The Harvard Law School graduate and Navy veteran was elected in 2018, and his term expires in January 2023.
DeSantis also underscored that he has resisted oppressive coronavirus restrictions despite being attacked by Democrats and their media lapdogs.
“I also protected individual Floridians and small businesses by keeping Florida open and stood up for students and parents by ensuring schools provided in-person instruction and by championing the rights of parents,” he said.
Speculation has been building for months that DeSantis could run for president in 2024, given his off-the-charts popularity among Republicans. In June, the governor topped Trump in a straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit.
DeSantis’ meteoric ascent is not surprising, since he won widespread praise from conservatives for his deft handling of the pandemic, which included prioritizing the elderly and lifting oppressive restrictions such as extended shutdowns, mask mandates, and school closures.
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