Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a recent interview that he wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for president in 2024.
Bush, who ran against former President Donald Trump in 2016, believes it is time for a new generation of politics.
“Now is DeSantis’ opportunity to run”, Bush said in the interview. DeSantis won his reelection in November with a historic 19-point margin and is widely popular in Florida.
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“He’s been a really effective governor. He’s young. I think we’re on the verge of a generational change in our politics. Kind of hope so. I think it’s time for a more forward-leaning, future-oriented conversation, our politics, as well,” Bush told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade in an interview last Wednesday that resurfaced Monday.
While DeSantis has not officially announced his candidacy, many expect him to enter the race once Florida’s legislative session ends in May.
Last weekend, the Florida governor held a three-day retreat where Republican donors, leaders, and lawmakers convened.
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“Who better to do it than someone who’s been outside of Washington, who’s governed effectively, who I think has shown that Florida can be a model for the future of our country,” Bush, son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother to former President George W. Bush, told Kilmead.
The former Florida governor has also backed the idea of Trump getting challenged in the 2020 primary, though that effort didn’t succeed.
Though Bush told CNN in an interview last October that Trump would likely be a “formidable” challenger going into 2024, he also said that “there’ll be other candidates that will be able to make their case for sure.”
DeSantis would join President Trump, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor Steve Laffey, and conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy in the race for the GOP nomination.
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