Ron DeSantis to announce his candidacy campaign – Fox News – RT World News

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will announce his 2024 presidential campaign during a Twitter event with Elon Musk on Wednesday, Fox News reported. Considered a likely candidate for months, DeSantis enters the Republican field as the closest challenger to former President Donald Trump.

DeSantis and Musk will host an event on Twitter Spaces, the site’s platform for live audio lectures and chats, Fox News confirmed on Tuesday. DeSantis’ campaign will release a video after the event, and the governor will begin visiting early voting states in June, NBC News reported shortly after.

DeSantis has been listed in opinion polls as a likely candidate since winning a second term as Florida governor by a 19-point landslide in 2022. While he has remained tight-lipped on the Entering the race amid Trump’s attacks, he recently published a book and embarked on a national tour – stopping in early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

As governor of Florida, DeSantis received praise from Republicans and condemnation from Democrats for refusing to impose lockdowns, mask requirements or vaccination mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also banned the teaching of critical race theory in schools, banned sex reassignment procedures for minors, expanded gun rights and signed what his office called “the strictest anti-illegal immigration legislation in the country” earlier this month.

While Trump first brought many of these issues into the political mainstream, DeSantis supporters say the governor was able to turn Trump’s culture war rebukes into effective legislation without getting bogged down in bickering. verbal encounters with the media and political opponents that have characterized Trump’s presidency.

Trump, however, called Desantis a “globalist” that will cater to the whims of corporate GOP donors and continue to pour billions of dollars into foreign conflicts. Last month, Trump accused DeSantis of being a “proxy candidate” for the “Bush machine.”

Both candidates oppose NATO involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, but while Trump has promised to cut off arms supplies to kyiv and organize a ceasefire “Within 24 hours” if elected, DeSantis said he would draw the line at the supply of fighter jets and long-range missiles, and not allow the United States to become “even more entangled” in the conflict.

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Most opinion polls show Trump as the favorite to win the Republican Party nomination, with DeSantis the only other candidate to garner double-digit support. A Morning Consult poll taken last week showed Trump with a 43-point lead over the governor, while an average of all major RealClearPolitics polls currently shows Trump at 56% and DeSantis at 19%, a gap of 37. points.

The Morning Consult survey also showed Trump beating President Joe Biden by 45% to 38% if the 2024 election were held this month, but DeSantis was down to Biden by four points.

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