Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, has not yet declared his candidacy for the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nomination. But sort of is he.
The conservative firebrand, who according to polls is the most popular Republican candidate other than Donald Trump, hasn't declared his candidacy yet, but he's already begun to take all the necessary steps.
Recently, he has appeared before law enforcement organizations outside of his home state, including those in New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. He has upcoming party fund-raisers planned for Texas, California, and Alabama. Personnel with knowledge of large-scale campaigns are being hired by his political action committee. Additionally, he has a full schedule of media appearances planned for the promotion of his aspirationally titled new memoir, The Courage to Be Free, which will be released on Tuesday.
Four years ago, there were eleven Democratic candidates vying for their party's nomination, including future front-runners (for a while) Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. So what is he waiting for? After making their announcements, two candidates later withdrew. The contest for the Democratic nomination was hotly contested.
Myra Adams, a conservative columnist from Florida, claims the solution is simple. Mr. DeSantis has every reason to run because, whether he succeeds and is nominated or fails, he will be in a good position to run again in 2028. Nevertheless, he must hold off on running until after the Florida legislative session concludes, which could happen as late as May, as he was only recently sworn in to a second four-year term as governor.
She says it wouldn't be a good idea to announce it right away. "Having six months to breathe makes sense since he was just re-elected. He can then use the Florida legislative session to demonstrate his leadership abilities to a wider audience. ".
A law restricting Disney's ability to manage the neighborhood's local government and infrastructure services was approved by the governor on Monday. Disney runs a theme park in central Florida. DeSantis and the California-based entertainment mogul have argued over his conservative educational policies, which include a rule that restricts how public school teachers can address LGBT issues. National news outlets covered the altercation.
He has put well-known conservatives in charge of Florida's universities and backed legislation that would cut funding for diversity initiatives, limit tenure for professors, establish new general education standards, and target gender and racial studies in colleges.
Additionally, Mr. DeSantis will have a chance to further highlight the kind of conservative governing credentials that will entice Republican primary voters outside of Florida in a significant speech to the state on March 7.
His political memoir is being promoted on the road, as is customary for would-be presidential candidates. He gave Mark Levin of Fox News his first media interview on the subject on Sunday.
He criticized the political clout of large corporations, charged that federal bureaucrats were undermining conservative policies, and defended what some have criticized as his excessively combative political style during the interview.
He claimed that if you don't take offense, you effectively become a sitting duck and invite constant harassment from these people.
Additionally, he declared that he identified with the Midwest, a crucial presidential election battleground, and that he thought of himself as a Midwesterner at heart.
The DeSantis book is a cautious piece of writing typical of politicians with grand ambitions who don't want their writing to come back to haunt them.
The Florida governor praises his state's achievements in excerpts from his speech that were published in the New York Post. He also speaks kindly of his potential opponent, Mr. Trump, and their "good relationship" when he was a Congressman from a Florida district.
Up to a point, he also attributes some of his success in winning the position of Florida governor to the former president.
I was confident that many would see me as a good candidate once they learned about my record, he said, adding that he knew a Trump endorsement would give him exposure to [Republican] primary voters throughout the state of Florida.
If there was ever a good relationship between Mr. DeSantis and the former president, it has now, to put it mildly, become strained as the former considers running for president in 2024 and the latter is already in the running. In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has launched a barrage of criticisms against the governor of Florida, calling him names, charging him with being a globalist, endorsing an endless conflict in Ukraine, and acting hastily in order to declare the state's state of emergency during the CoVid-19 pandemic.
Mr. DeSantis has so far refrained from responding back. And this week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the vicinity of Washington, DC, where he would have appeared on stage with his rival, is off limits to him. In Myra Adams' opinion, it would be prudent at this time to avoid CPAC and refrain from criticizing Mr. Trump.
He won't be there, so that will generate more buzz, she claims. It is a Trump rally, and CPAC is TPAC. Instead, it creates a stark chasm between Trump's camp and DeSantis's camp, leaving one to wonder why DeSantis would even want to put himself in that situation. ".
But, she warns, a fight is imminent because Mr. Trump and Mr. DeSantis are confident they can win the race for the Republican nomination.
Polls of the general public show that both sides are both confident and uneasy. In races with multiple candidates, Mr. Trump typically takes the lead. According to a recent Fox News poll, Mr. DeSantis is in second place with 28% support, followed by the former president with 43%, and everyone else, whether officially declared or not, with fewer than 10%. However, Mr. DeSantis defeated Mr. Trump 49 percent to 40 percent in a head-to-head poll conducted by the Club for Growth earlier this month.
Ms. Adams claims that "neither one believes they can lose.". "Each believes the other can be defeated easily. They're aware of their weaknesses. They are capable of assaulting them. They both have no intention of giving in. It's going to hurt badly.