Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday officially launched his bid for the White House in 2024.
The 44-year-old Republican revealed his decision in a Federal Election Commission filing before addressing his decision in a video posted on social media.
DeSantis joined Twitter CEO Elon Musk in a Twitter Space saying, “I am running for president of the united states to lead our great American comeback.”
“Look, we know our country’s going in the wrong direction,” said DeSantis. “We see it with our eyes and we feel it in our bones, our southern borders are collapsing, drugs are pouring into the country. Our cities are being hollowed out by spiking crime. The federal government’s making it harder for the average family to make ends meet and to attain and maintain a middle-class lifestyle and our president, well, he lacks vigor, flounders in the face of our nation’s challenges and he takes his cues from the woke mob. I don’t think it has to be this way. America’s decline is not inevitable. It is a choice, and we should choose a new direction. A path of lead to American revitalization.”
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“We must restore sanity to our nation. This means, embracing fiscal and economic sanity. Stop pricing, hardworking Americans out of a good standard of living through inflationary borrowing,” said DeSantis.
DeSantis is considered Trump’s most competitive Republican rival and has generated significant interest among GOP primary voters by casting himself as a younger and more electable version of the 76-year-old former president.
The Republican nominee is expected to face Democratic President Joe Biden on the general election ballot in November 2024.
DeSantis joins a field that also includes former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. Former Vice President Mike Pence is also considered a likely presidential candidate but has not yet announced a bid.
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