Ron DeSantis makes first trip to Iowa as he flirts with a 2024 presidential run
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited Iowa for the first time on Friday, amid growing speculation that he may run for president in 2024. DeSantis’ visit comes as the Republican Party is gearing up for the next presidential race, with several potential contenders already visiting the state.
During his trip, DeSantis made a speech in which he took aim at both former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden, saying that they “are two sides of the same coin.” He also criticized Biden’s handling of the Afghan withdrawal and condemned Trump for his actions leading up to the January 6th insurrection.
DeSantis’ visit to Iowa drew a lot of attention from the national media, with several news outlets covering his speech and speculating on his potential presidential bid. Some analysts have suggested that DeSantis could be the front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2024.
However, DeSantis has not yet announced his candidacy and has downplayed speculation that he is planning to run. He told reporters that he is focused on governing Florida and that he will “take a look” at running for president in the future.
Despite his cautious approach, many Republicans believe that DeSantis would be a strong candidate for the party in 2024. He has won praise from conservatives for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida and for his efforts to limit critical race theory in public schools.
As the race for the Republican nomination heats up, it remains to be seen whether DeSantis will throw his hat in the ring. But his visit to Iowa has certainly added fuel to the speculation surrounding his political future.