Florida governor Ron DeSantis is reportedly said to have confided in close associates that he plans to make a run for the White House in 2024. Republican Gov.
DeSantis is currently making his first trip to Iowa on Friday, the state that kicks off the presidential nomination calendar for the Republican Party.
On the eve of the trip, the Washington Post published an article in which it was reported that DeSantis had described his plans to run for president without adding any caveats which would suggest that he is still deciding on whether or not to launch a campaign.
The article cited two sources who were familiar with his comments.
This will be the first time that DeSantis has visited any of the early voting states that are on the calendar for the Republican primaries and caucuses during this election season.
He will make visits in Des Moines and Davenport, where Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, will join him for both of those events.
At the state capitol in Des Moines, he will also meet with Republican state legislators.
Over the past three years, the popularity of the governor of Florida among conservatives all over the country has skyrocketed.
This can be attributed to the governor’s forceful pushback against coronavirus pandemic restrictions as well as his aggressive actions as a culture warrior going after media, corporations, and teachers’ unions.
In November, the incumbent governor cruised to a comfortable re-election win with a historic 19-point margin of victory.
In recent remarks, he has been emphasizing that the policy triumphs he has achieved in Florida may act as a model for the rest of the country to follow.
Insiders within DeSantis’ wider orbit have stated that any start of a presidential campaign would take place in the late spring or early summer, following the conclusion of the current legislative session in Florida.
The journey to Iowa takes place only a few days after the beginning of the legislative session in Florida, where DeSantis hopes to notch up additional triumphs for conservative causes, in part owing to the recently elected Republican supermajority in the state capital of Tallahassee.
Former President Trump and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley are currently the only other Republican candidates who have officially declared their candidacy for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination thus far.