‘Never been to Iowa’: Ron DeSantis downplays 2024 speculation

The Governor is focused on re-election, family.

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’s hears the talk about running in 2024, but, as he has said before, his focus is on re-election this November.

“I’ve never been to Iowa in my life. I’ve never been to New Hampshire, I may have been there in my twenties. I’m just doing my job. I’m not doing anything differently than I would do if people were buzzing about me or not,” DeSantis said. “I’m trying to do the best I can for the people I represent.”

The Governor, appearing on “The Guy Benson Show,” discussed the “buzz” around his presidential potential while discounting any role in creating that interest.

“People have this merchandise with ’24. It’s not my merchandise,” DeSantis said. “It’s totally organic.”

The Governor noted that at least some of these super-fans didn’t realize he had a re-election campaign to run, before disclaiming interest in running for President by saying he hadn’t been to early states in the selection process.

That said, interest comes in from across the country.

“I get letters into my office every day from people around the country just saying we wish the country could be more like Florida. We’d love to see you run sometime,” DeSantis asserted.

“But, at the same time, I’ve got a wife that’s successfully battling breast cancer. I’ve got a five-year-old, a four-year-old, and a two-year-old,” DeSantis added. “I’ve got my hands full. I spend zero time thinking about it except when people come up to me. And they’re all really well-intentioned. And they all really mean well. But at the end of the day, it’s neither here nor there for me.”

Yet despite not committing to anything that looks like a 2024 campaign, DeSantis stopped short of giving former President Donald Trump an endorsement as a “heavy frontrunner” should Trump run for a third time, continuing a trend of less-than-committal comments.

“Who knows? We’ll see how the dust settles,” DeSantis said when discussing another Trump run, before pivoting back to the 2022 race.

Most polling has shown Trump as a strong favorite in a hypothetical 2024 race, with DeSantis usually the second choice. Conversely, most 2022 polling shows DeSantis well ahead of any potential Democratic opponent. But, for now, the Governor’s eyes and rhetoric are on November’s re-election and not the White House.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Frankie M.

    March 29, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    He forgot to put the word “yet” in there or as Ronnie pronounces it nyet. Doesn’t stop him from talking about things outside his lane, does it??

  • Tom

    March 29, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Frankie the fraud, I guess you Manchurians have to decide to be asked what can be said or not.
    Who cared what you think, go scratch.
    Your Russian disinformation means nothing. What bout China buying the Dems off. Spare us.

    Biden’s at 34% approval in Florida, 41% nationally, probably lower. Toast. Dems will not overcome him. DeSantis is up 15 to 20% on the Florida clown show. Enjoy!

    • Frankie M.

      March 30, 2022 at 6:24 am

      Thanks fer readin!

    • Nevermind

      March 30, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      China could buy every Republican- oh wait they already did that’s why none of them have factory jobs lol

    • Really good

      April 1, 2022 at 2:00 am

      Your English dropped off harder then Floridas republicans after COVID showed them a good time

      • FP Monitor

        April 1, 2022 at 8:46 am

        It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant uneducated Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Tom is all about personal attacks. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

  • tom palmer

    March 31, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Save this post and look at it again next year and see if anything changes. No one except DeSantis knows whether he’ll jump into the GOP free-for-all for 2024 (as opposed to the Democratic free-for-all when President Biden finally announces he won’t run for another term).

  • PeterH

    March 31, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Ron DeSantis won FLORIDA by less than 1% point. 2024 is a l-o-n-g way off.

    However, if DeSantis continues to follow his fake message of divisive social injustice causes and voter suppression….. he’ll never advance on the national stage. Maybe then the GQP will be “woke!” LOL

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