On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his entry into the 2024 presidential race, joining a crowded Republican primary field that will test both his ability to appeal to Americans as an outspoken cultural conservative and the GOP’s readiness to move past the presidency of former President Donald Trump.
The Republican candidate, 44, made his decision public in a Federal Election Commission filing before speaking with Twitter CEO Elon Musk online.
It opens a new chapter in his remarkable journey from unknown congressman to two-term governor to a key player in the nation’s contentious debates over race, gender, and other contentious problems.
Even though the governor is being questioned for his far-right views, his demeanor on the campaign trail, and his lack of connections inside the Republican Party, DeSantis is thought to be Trump’s strongest Republican opponent.
The audio-only announcement from DeSantis was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Twitter Spaces. EDT.
Prior to the evening announcement and appearances on right-wing shows like Fox News and Mark Levin’s radio show, he was scheduled to meet with contributors at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Miami.
DeSantis’ participation in the Republican race has been speculated for months, and he is one of the party’s top contenders to unseat Democratic President Joe Biden from the White House.
Republicans claim that the 80-year-old president has taken the country too far to the left while ignoring issues like inflation, immigration, and crime.
In the main election in November 2024, Biden will be challenged by the Republican contender.
He joins a group that also includes ex-United Nations officials. Asa Hutchinson, a former governor of Arkansas, Ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy Although he hasn’t declared his candidacy, former Vice President Mike Pence is another candidate who is thought to be a strong contender.
Based on early public polling, funding, and campaign infrastructure, DeSantis and Trump both start their campaigns in the top two.
The two GOP heavyweights have a lot of traits.