The race for the presidency in 2024 is picking up steam. But Republicans weren’t expecting this.
And a 2024 revelation just blindsided the GOP.
All eyes are on the Republican party as they decide who will run for office in 2024.
Many see Donald Trump as the obvious choice – he’s been out for blood ever since leaving office in 2021.
But another Republican has made waves in conservative circles across the country.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has fundamentally changed Florida from a purple battleground state to a solid conservative bastion.
He’s leading the country in the culture war and economic recovery since the end of the COVID lockdowns.
And though he hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the ring, one Republican isn’t waiting around to throw his weight behind him.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated Wednesday that he is endorsing Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for president in 2024, despite the fact that DeSantis has yet to establish a presidential campaign.
Roy, a Freedom Caucus member and prominent Tea Party conservative, said in a statement that the next president must be “a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course.”
The lengthy statement made no mention of former President Donald Trump, instead focusing on DeSantis’ skills and why Roy believes DeSantis is the best candidate for the job.
“America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination,” Roy began.
“As Governor, he unequivocally has made Florida stronger and freer. Economic growth and prosperity in Florida surged upon his firm rejection of the devastating COVID mandates foisted upon us by foolishly empowered Washington bureaucrats,” he continued.
“He stared down woke corporate America and higher education. And he stood with Texas in defense of our border — sending a message to elites in Martha’s Vineyard that they cannot ignore the human and economic toll of open borders.”
“His style of no-nonsense government and fearless rejection of woke ‘conventional wisdom’ has demonstrated an appeal to all of us based on our shared values as Americans,” the statement continued.
“He strives to unite us again as one people under the banner of freedom and equal opportunity — with the courage to stand athwart the destructive divisiveness of identity politics or the temptation to pander.”
Roy cited DeSantis’ landslide victory in last year’s election and how the governor helped Republicans dominate across the state.
“When other Republicans were faltering in key races, Governor DeSantis provided a positive vision for the future with prudent, conservative action,” he said. “The result was crystal clear: Republicans enjoyed sweeping, historic performances statewide.”
According to the statement, as a veteran, DeSantis will lead the United States “as commander in chief with the kind of resolve and sober strength that produces peace through strength.”
“America has been built upon and defined by the sacrifices of one generation for the next,” the statement concluded.
“When Republicans choose our 2024 presidential nominee — whom I intend to support against Joe Biden or any other Democrat candidate — I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership. It’s time for younger, but proven, leadership to offer America eight solid years of transformational change. It’s time for Ron DeSantis to be President of the United States.”
Ken Cuccinelli, a Trump administration immigration hardliner who served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), hailed the support on Twitter. Cuccinelli last week created a PAC supporting DeSantis to run for president.
Superb! So glad to see the first Congressman come out publicly for @RonDeSantisFL for President!
In #Iowa today stumping with great grassroots folks, sharing thoughts on why Gov. DeSantis is the best choice for America in 2024!#NeverBackDown@NvrBackDown24 https://t.co/nOrfzdd8Xq
— Ken Cuccinelli (@KenCuccinelli) March 15, 2023
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