Ron DeSantis Officially Launches 2024 Presidential Bid


Henry Rodgers Chief National Correspondent
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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign Wednesday night.

DeSantis launched a video on Twitter, saying he would be throwing his hat in the ring to run for president in 2024 shortly after he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run. (RELATED: Trump Says DeSantis Is ‘Probably’ His Biggest Challenger For 2024)

“Our border is a disaster. Crime infests our cities. The federal government makes it harder for families to make ends meet. And the president flounders,” DeSantis states in the video.

“Decline is a choice. Success is attainable. And freedom is worth fighting for. Righting the ship requires restoring sanity to our society, normalcy to our communities, and integrity to our institutions. Truth must be our foundation, and common sense can no longer be an uncommon virtue. In Florida, we proved that it can be done,” he continued.

“We need the courage to lead and the strength to win,” DeSantis added. “I’m Ron DeSantis and I’m running for president to lead our great American comeback.”

DeSantis is also slated to speak to a group of campaign donors Wednesday night in Miami. (RELATED: DeSantis’ Website Goes Dark — Literally — Ahead Of Expected Presidential Announcement)


The Florida Governor has already visited several key states. The PAC supporting his 2024 presidential bid has sent out mailers in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and released ads explaining why he should be the next president. (RELATED: ‘Something Has To Change Dramatically’: Bret Baier Casts Doubt On DeSantis Beating Trump)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs copies of his book after speaking to Iowa voters during an event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on March 10, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. DeSantis, who is widely expected to seek the 2024 Republican nomination for president, is one of several Republican leaders visiting the state this month. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In March, former President Donald Trump said the Florida governor will “probably” be his biggest challenger in the presidential primaries leading up to 2024. Polls back up the former president’s assessment, with the other Republican candidates in the race — including former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy — trailing far behind Trump and DeSantis.