DeSantis, a Republican, wants to run for president
Ron DeSantis is considered the biggest intra-party challenger to Donald Trump. Now the Republican Party is officially entering the presidential race. The 44-year-old could be a threat to incumbent Joe Biden.
DRon DeSantis, a Republican, wants to become the President of the United States. The governor of the US state of Florida wrote on Twitter on Wednesday (local time), “I am running for president to lead America’s Greatest Comeback.” Earlier, newspaperThe Washington Post“The 44-year-old was quoted as saying by a spokesperson, confirming the application.
In the first campaign video, the 44-year-old inner-party rival of former President Donald Trump said: “We need courage to lead and strength to win.” In fact, the Republican rising star, considered Trump’s most dangerous opponent in the race for the conservative presidential nomination, is said to be announcing his candidacy on stage in a live conversation with Twitter owner Elon Musk.
However, initially there were technical difficulties, which immediately led to funny comments. For example, President Joe Biden posted a tweet that said, “This link works” — and linked to a campaign fundraising page for him.
“We have a lot of people online, so the servers are a bit overloaded,” Musk apologized. The exchange then worked.
DeSantis, a governor and former congressman, has long anticipated a presidential bid. On Wednesday, the graduate of Harvard and Yale universities submitted documents to the US Federal Election Commission to file for candidacy.
According to polls, the conservative hardliner is currently the most likely Republican nominee alongside former President Donald Trump. Trump had already announced in November that he would contest the 2024 presidential election.
DeSantis has been the governor of the southern US state of Florida since early 2019. He was confirmed in office in November 2022 with a strong result. This strengthened his position and his striving for higher things. He has long been considered Trump’s biggest intra-party rival, and was a mentor of sorts to him years ago.
Awakening declared war
In Florida, DeSantis gained attention primarily for his right-wing politics. Under him, laws were enacted or introduced in the state that discriminated against minorities, curtailed academic freedom in universities, or interfered with public education by prohibiting teaching.
After all, the Republican Party has declared war on awareness. The word “awake” means “to be awake” and originally referred to racial discrimination. However, conservatives in America now use it disparagingly, complaining that they believe the measure against various forms of discrimination is too much.
A father of three, DeSantis had a straightforward career. He attended the elite universities of Yale and Harvard, served in the Navy and was deployed to Iraq. Before being elected governor, DeSantis served as a representative in the House of Representatives for several years.
Like Trump, the Republican belongs to the right wing of the party and shares similar hardline positions. But he is not fond of scandals, loss of control and chaos, but he is considered disciplined, orderly, thoughtful. DeSantis is seen as a viable alternative for the party and the grassroots, who are fed up with Trump’s antics but want a candidate with Trump’s substance.
Biden may not have serious competition
The presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 5, 2024. Republicans are expected to have a wider field of candidates. Besides Trump and DeSantis, former US UN ambassador Nikki Haley has so far made her ambitions official – but she’s trailing far behind in the polls. Anyone who wants to eventually become the party’s official candidate must first win the internal party primaries.
US President Joe Biden is running for re-election as a Democrat. Being an incumbent, he is unlikely to face tough competition within the party during the election campaign. Biden has been in office since January 2021. At the time, he was the oldest president to enter the White House. He will be 81 years old with a year and a half to go before the elections. At the end of his second term, he will be 86 years old.
There has been debate within the Democratic Party in recent months about whether Biden would be a suitable candidate for another presidential run because of his age. According to polls, given Biden’s age, the Democratic Party also has large reservations among the public for a second term. As a potential opponent among Republicans, the much younger DeSantis could be dangerous for him.
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