The worst-kept secret in all of American politics today may very well be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ plan to run for President in 2024, and this week brought with it another serious clue in the matter.
DeSantis hasn’t announced his candidacy yet, of course, likely waiting to see just what sort of trouble former President Donald Trump ends up in before committing any of his personal resources in an effort to unseat the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee.
But that doesn’t mean that the Sunshine State lawmaker is sitting on his laurels, exactly, with a recent ad blitz from a DeSantis-aligned Super PAC making it very clear what the Governor’s intentions are.
The super PAC backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis today debuts its first TV ad, charging straight at former President Trump with the loaded question: “What happened to Donald Trump?”
- Never Back Down, the pro-DeSantis group, launches the ad, “Fight Democrats, Not Republicans,” on “Fox News Sunday.”
Why it matters: The ad is the starting shot for a vicious fight between the top two contenders for the 2024 Republican nomination, even though DeSantis hasn’t formally entered the race.
A pro-Trump super PAC has been blasting DeSantis on the air for two weeks. Now, both sides are officially engaged.
The ads were going for the jugular.
“Trump cut and run like a coward,” Never Back Down said this weekend in an online-only blast targeted at attendees of this weekend’s National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis.
In the TV ad, the pro-DeSantis group says: “Donald Trump is being attacked by a Democrat prosecutor in New York. So why is he spending millions attacking the Republican governor of Florida? Trump’s stealing pages from the Biden-Pelosi playbook, repeating lies about Social Security.”
Trump has repeatedly blasted DeSantis as being “disloyal” in pondering a presidential run after the former President helped to deliver him the gubernatorial victory in Florida.
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