TALLAHASSEE – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he plans to run for a second four-year term and is expected to officially announce it later this year.
He said speculation about a bid for the White House in 2024 was “purely trash” but did not specifically rule out the possibility of a presidential bid.
In an interview, Republicans said it was a “safe assumption” he would run for a second term as governor.
“I’m planning for that, I haven’t announced it yet, but I think it’s a safe assumption that I’m going to do it,” DeSantis said.
“Any political content you hear along those lines – it’s all trash,” DeSantis said of speculation that he would be bidding on the White House. “It doesn’t come from me. I am only doing one day at a time. “
DeSantis rose from his freshman year in Congress to become governor of the nation’s third largest state in just eight years and is seen as a potential GOP candidate for the presidency.
But Republicans, a close ally of President Donald Trump, who owes his term in the governor’s office partly due to the presidential endorsement, may face a political calculation if Trump Take the White House in November, especially if he can’t take his new state of Florida.
DeSantis won a favorable approval rating until the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier this year. After narrowly beating Democrat rival Andrew Gillum in 2018, he took the lead on environmental initiatives and raised teacher salaries that won praise from Democrats. owner and possibly insulate him from partisan attacks during re-election.
But the pandemic forced DeSantis to change focus and halt fundraising for his political committee during the outbreak.
He has faced harsh criticism from members of the Florida Democratic Party for his response to Covid-19, including from Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, among those capable of defying. DeSantis in 2022. He started fire because of denial of statewide mask licensing, slow shutdowns and other reactions to pandemic.
DeSantis, noting that he has three children under the age of 5, mocked the idea that every elected position is a “beauty contest” for the higher office.
“I have a young family, I have a good job, we’ve made a lot of achievements here,” says DeSantis. “What’s wrong with just actually having achievements?”