Republican Ron DeSantis enters 2024 presidential race, in a bid to outrun Donald Trump

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday (May 24) officially confirmed his 2024 US presidential bid. 

Papers filed with the Federal Election Commission showed that DeSantis has launched his challenge to Donald Trump for the party’s 2024 White House nomination. 

He will take on Trump for the Republican nomination. However, it might face challenges in the near future as he trails the former president in recent polls. 

DeSantis will join Twitter CEO Elon Musk in a few hours to have a conversation on the microblogging site in order to publicly announce his campaign for president. 

Musk said yesterday, “We’ll be interviewing Ron DeSantis, and he has quite an announcement to make and it will be the very first time that something like this is happening on social media and with real-time questions and answers, not scripted. So it’s going to be live and let it rip. Let’s see what happens.” 

Musk said he won’t endorse any particular candidate at this time, but he is “interested in X/Twitter being somewhat of a public town square”. 

Who is Ro DeSantis?

He has an aggressive style of cultural conservatism and has created a national presence. The 44-year-old is quite a newcomer to US politics, having been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 2012.  In 2018, he was elected governor of Florida. 

He defeated Democratic candidate Charlie Crist last November by over 20 percentage points with 98% of the projected vote counted. 

He has enraged Trump, who dubbed him “Ron De-Sanctimonious”. President Joe Biden referred to DeSantis as “Donald Trump incarnate” in his harshest remarks yet against the governor. 

(With inputs from agencies)  

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