The current Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, officially launched his campaign for reelection on Monday, November 8, emphasizing the achievements of his first term and putting an end to rumors of a possible formula with former President Donald Trump.
On Monday, Nov.8, Ron DeSantis officially filed his candidacy to be reelected governor of Florida in November for next year.
The Republican is running again after a successful administration in which he was strongly confronted with the policies of the Biden administration which at the same time gave him popularity among Republicans at the national level.
“When I became governor, I pledged to foster economic opportunity, support K-12 education, usher in a new era for Florida’s Everglades and water resources, ensure the integrity of our elections and stand for public safety and the rule of law,” DeSantis told Fox News.
The governor argued that Florida’s economy is strong, that he increased teacher salaries, invested in preserving and restoring nature preserves, differentiating himself from the left and many Democratic leaders, DeSantis threw his support behind police forces and made reforms to the election process amid reported irregularities during the 2020 election.
“I also protected individual Floridians and small businesses by keeping Florida open and stood up for students and parents by ensuring schools provided in-person instruction and by championing the rights of parents,” the Republican said, referring to the controversial teaching of critical race theory.
“We’ve also taken on Big Tech censorship, banned sanctuary cities, ensured that municipalities cannot defund law enforcement and stood up to the Biden regime,” assured the governor.
He added: “And I’ve only just begun to fight.”
For most of his tenure, DeSantis found himself at odds with the policies of the current Democratic administration, whether on pandemic mitigation measures, border security, mandatory vaccinations, or immigration issues.
Florida was one of the few states that never resorted to full lockdown as a pandemic mitigation measure. DeSantis also eliminated mandatory facemasks while opening schools for face-to-face teaching.
The Republican also clashed with Dr. Fauci’s recommendations, refused to make vaccination mandatory, and opened centers in Orlando to provide alternative treatments for COVID.
DeSantis also took on the liberal media live when they made accusations against him, labeling them as ‘fake news’ and attempting to besmirch his name, a scene typically attributed to former President Trump.
Because of his similar profile to former President Trump and their good relationship, rumors of a possible vice-presidential run began to gain traction after Trump. Those close to him hinted that the former president would run again.
However, today’s announcement may put an end to the rumors.
For his part, Trump, regarding his candidacy for president said:
“I am certainly thinking about it and we’ll see. I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision, and probably will announce that after the midterms.”
But the former president did not give a firm answer:
“It doesn’t mean I will,” he said. “It’s probably appropriate, but a lot of people are waiting for that decision to be made.”