Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2024 Presidential Election Campaign

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After months of anticipation and hype in the media, on Wednesday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled his 2024 bid for the US presidency on the Republican ticket. News earlier in the day indicated DeSantis had officially filed the relevant paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

DeSantis, 44, has formally announced his presidential campaign, making him the latest challenger to former US President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination.

The Wednesday announcement came via Twitter, with the Florida governor vowing he would be running in order to “lead our Great American Comeback.”

DeSantis was expected to make his initial announcement on a Twitter Space broadcast with site owner Elon Musk and David Sacks; however, several technical glitches prevented the plans from taking place as servers appeared to be overwhelmed.

The Florida governor was able to voice his presidential bid about 20 minutes after the event was expected to start

That he can even run for president is only possible because of a legal change made less than a month ago allowing him to do so. DeSantis signed the election overhaul bill into law on April 28, which requires candidates to resign from their other offices upon announcing a campaign for a different office, but contains specific caveats for presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

DeSantis’ Record

The Florida governor has held his office since 2018, when he narrowly defeated Democratic rival Andrew Gillum in a controversial election victory that critics said was skewed by the GOP’s suppression of the votes of former felons using a “poll tax.”
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DeSantis then became a darling of Republicans nationwide in the summer of 2020, when he became a strong opponent of COVID-19 safety measures, including banning many mask and vaccination requirements.

He then took up the mantle of “anti-woke,” supporting and signing laws that sharply curtailed the rights of immigrants, LGBTQ people, women, and an overhaul of voting processes that critics have said will make it much harder for Black and Latino voters to submit their ballots during election cycles. However, a federal appeals court disagreed with those claims in a challenge to one of the laws.

That set DeSantis on a collision course with the Walt Disney Company, which is an anchor of the Orlando economy and has in recent years prized itself on its commitment to diverse casts, including LGBTQ characters.

After the company committed to fighting to overturn an education law known colloquially as “Don’t Say Gay,” DeSantis sought to revoke Disney’s autonomy over its properties – efforts that so far have failed. When the company posted big losses in 2022, his office gloated.

Before becoming governor, DeSantis served three terms in the US House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 6th District.

He was one of the founding members of the Freedom Caucus, the pro-Trump GOP faction that grew out of the Tea Party movement, and sharply criticized the Democrats’ Russiagate effort.

Born in Jacksonville, DeSantis attended Yale and Harvard Law School before joining the US Navy in 2004 and becoming a legal adviser to SEAL Team One. In 2006, he was stationed at Guantanamo Bay where, according to Mansur Ahmad Saad al-Dayfi, who was detained there without charge, DeSantis allegedly oversaw forced feedings and other torture practices.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions from the media in the Florida Cabinet following his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.05.2023

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Rivalry With Trump

Despite having been a close supporter of Trump, their relationship soured after DeSantis began to emerge in late 2022 as a favorite of the Rupert Murdoch-owned conservative media outlets amid Trump’s compounding scandals and lawsuits.

Trump has since attacked DeSantis as a bumbling and self-righteous fool, labeling him a “flameout” and “Ron DeSanctimonious.” Still, the Florida governor is highly popular with Republican voters in Florida and across the country.

DeSantis has described Trump’s criticisms of him as “background noise.”

FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses attendees during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, Friday, July 22, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.03.2023

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Other candidates in the race for the GOP nomination include former US ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley; Dallas businessman Ryan Binkley; media personality Larry Elder; former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson; Michigan businessman Perry Johnson; New York investor and author Vivek Ramaswamy; and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.





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