TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday brushed apart any talk of working for president in 2024 though he’s simply days away from becoming a member of a number of potential contenders at a Nebraska Republican occasion.
His feedback additionally come as former President Donald Trump has intensified fundraising and public appearances forward of a potential 2024 presidential marketing campaign.
“All of the hypothesis about me is only manufactured,” mentioned DeSantis throughout a press convention he held to tout a Covid-19 remedy unit in St. Cloud, Fla. “I simply do my job and we work laborious… I hear all these items and actually it’s nonsense.”
DeSantis has constructed his model by linking himself to Trump, who gave him a key endorsement when he was working in opposition to then-Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam within the 2018 GOP main. Trump hasn’t mentioned if he’ll search reelection in 2024, however the former president has engaged in a flurry of exercise that alerts a renewed curiosity in reclaiming the White Home.
A Trump candidacy would seemingly derail any talk of a DeSantis bid. Trump in April even prompt he would take into account DeSantis as his vice chairman must be run for the White Home once more.
DeSantis has grow to be a GOP star on account of his antagonism with the press, President Joe Biden and people against his anti-lockdown, anti-mandate positions on battling Covid-19. His political committee has already raised greater than $40 million because the starting of the yr for his reelection bid, with greater than $4 million of these funds in July coming from donors in each state of the nation.
In the previous couple of months DeSantis has traveled to California, Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Texas. Most of these journeys have been confined to fundraising for his political committee, however he has appeared at occasions designed to boost his profile, together with a nationwide police conference, a nationwide legislative convention and headlined a Pittsburgh GOP fundraising dinner.
He’s prevented stepping foot in early main states corresponding to Iowa and New Hampshire and scrapped a scheduled journey to Nevada final month on account of a tropical storm that was threatening the state.
DeSantis is scheduled to seem this Sunday at Gov. Pete Ricketts’ 5th annual Nebraska Steak-Fry together with former Vice President Mike Pence and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.
However the governor’s continued insistence that he’s not considering a 2024 run — he’s up for re-election subsequent yr — hasn’t satisfied his critics who see view the continuing nationwide fundraising effort as proof of his rising ambitions. Democratic rivals corresponding to Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) are routinely portray DeSantis as somebody who’s extra serious about pleasing potential GOP main voters than what’s taking place in his house state.
These journeys have additionally come beneath hearth since Florida has seen a large surge in Covid-19 instances this summer season that overwhelmed many hospitals and brought on a spike in Covid-19 associated deaths. Fried lashed into DeSantis for a late August journey to New Jersey by tweeting out a picture of it and saying: “That is the place Florida’s governor is throughout peak pandemic deaths…Laughing it up at a marketing campaign fundraiser in New Jersey. Keep in mind this in November.”
A recent poll done by Morning Consult Political Intelligence confirmed that DeSantis’ web approval ranking in Florida had dropped 14 factors between early July and late August. The ballot firstly of the summer season confirmed that 54 % accepted of the job DeSantis was doing whereas 40 % disapproved. Now his approval scores are break up evenly with 48 % approving and 48 % disapproving of his job efficiency.
The governor is planning on spending time on in-state political appearances this fall. DeSantis has agreed to headline fundraising dinners hosted by a handful of native GOP government committees, a transfer that ensures a sellout for these county events. The kickoff occasion is that this Friday in Pasco County, a key GOP stronghold situated within the Tampa Bay area.