Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is gaining popularity among conservatives, although he has not yet announced his candidacy for the 2024 Presidential election. At a Heritage Foundation leadership summit, he issued a warning to Republicans, cautioning them about the Democrats and their intentions if they gain control of Congress and the major offices in 2024.
DeSantis highlighted several ideas that have been pushed by the Democrats in recent years, including their plan to make Washington D.C. a state, add Supreme Court Justices to shift the balance of the court back in their favor, abolish the Electoral College while eliminating voter ID, and make ballot harvesting legal in every state. He urged Republicans to take these intentions seriously and consider the consequences of the Democrats taking control.
Speaking to a crowd of over 1,000, DeSantis claimed that the goal of the Democrat Party is to silence the voices of conservatives and “block the conservative half of the country out of power.” He made no mention of his own potential run for president during the speech, but it is widely rumored that he will announce a bid shortly after the end of the legislative session in Florida. He has visited early primary states and has beefed up staff in those locations.
While five candidates have officially entered the race, Senator Tim Scott is also exploring the possibility of a run. As the political landscape heats up in anticipation of the 2024 Presidential election, it remains to be seen whether Governor DeSantis will join the fray and become a leading contender for the Republican nomination.