(ConservativeHub.com) – Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida made his first stop in Iowa on Friday morning. The state is the first stop of the GOP presidential nominating calendar, which has led to many people speculating that DeSantis is increasing his preparations for placing a bid for the White House in 2024.
However, the Florida governor did not announce anything in relation to the Presidential race during his speech, according to Fox News. While delivering a speech to a crowd in the southeastern Iowa city of Davenport, DeSantis chose instead to tout the successes of his conservative policies in his state. He further once again talked about Florida’s fight against “woke” culture in the legislature, education, and businesses, while stating that Florida is “where woke goes to die.”
DeSantis, 44, has greatly seen his popularity increase over the past three years. Polls conducted in recent months have shown DeSantis as the only potential Republican candidate who has come close to matching former president Donald Trump. His aggressive actions as a culture warrior and fights against the media and corporations and his recent impressive gubernatorial re-election win by 19 points have helped establish him within conservative circles. In recent speeches, he has been focusing a lot of his attention on pointing out his success in Florida and how the state could serve as the blueprint for the country.
Fox News reports that sources near DeSantis suggest he is planning on launching a presidential campaign in late spring or early summer following the end of the current legislative session in Florida. However, so far, DeSantis hasn’t said anything publicly to confirm or deny any plans.
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