As the spring season arrives for many Americans, we find ourselves in a fertile mood.
You can get your minds out of the gutter – this isn’t that sort of article. This is meant in the grander, more ethereal sense, in that we are now in the mood to build and create. We are inspired. We are ready for spring cleaning, planting, and otherwise setting our world on a sunnier path.
The 2024 presidential election, for all of the turmoil it is sure to cause us, still maintains some of this fancifully optimistic aesthetic, particularly for the MAGA Movement, who is undoubtedly going to be a force to reckon with in the 18 months to come.
The only real question left to answer is whether or not this major voter bloc will be riding the Trump Train again, or if a powerful challenger, like the still-undecided Ron DeSantis, could usurp the former President.
The threat of that scenario coming to fruition just got a whole lot bigger.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has indicated privately that he intends to run for president, according to two people familiar with his comments.
A political committee that seeks to draft DeSantis into the race launched Thursday and is likely to serve as an approved outside spending vehicle for his campaign, three people familiar with the planning said.
And DeSantis will visit the early nominating states of Iowa on Friday and Nevada on Saturday as he tours the country promoting his memoir.
As for the timing of any announcement?
Allies do not expect him to announce a run until after the Florida state legislative session ends in May. But in recent conversations, DeSantis has described his presidential plans without any caveats that would suggest he’s still deciding, according to the two people familiar with his comments who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private remarks.
Trump has already been lobbing shots at DeSantis, repeatedly suggesting that the Sunshine State lawmaker was “disloyal” to the former President, with Trump even going so far as to suggest that it was his endorsement that got Ron the gubernatorial gig in the first place.
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