Ron DeSantis swats away 2024 speculation yet again
Ron DeSantis.

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'People will always inject my name into it.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News on Monday that a 2024 presidential run isn’t on his radar.

The Governor was on the set of Fox and Friends, the morning after a high-profile speech in the Big Apple, where he again was asked if he would make his run for the White House in two years.

As has become customary, DeSantis was coy about his intent, even through a number of attempts to get an answer.

Asked where the idea sits in his mind, DeSantis quipped “it just sits when people bring up my name,” pivoting quickly to 2022 races down ballot in the state and the “huge opportunity” for a “really big red wave” that could make Florida a “red state.”

When the question recurred of his potential candidacy, DeSantis again was cheerily dismissive, referring to the redirected questions as “futile opportunities.”

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“The interesting thing about me is people will always inject my name into it, just based off what I’m doing in Florida,” DeSantis said.

“It’s a little bit different for me. I think there’s obviously people that, the minute 2020 ended, have been basically running, and they’re going around doing all that stuff. That’s just not what I’ve been doing. I’ve just been focusing on the task at hand.”

Already this month, DeSantis downplayed recent straw polls showing him as a leading presidential prospect in 2024.

“I don’t do straw polls. They just put my name into these things, you know? It’s just, like, so what am I supposed to do? Like they sell merchandise and everything. I kind of would like to get royalties on that,” DeSantis quipped Wednesday in Fort Myers Beach.

DeSantis continues to demonstrate a national reach with the most passionate partisans in the party as a potential alternative to former President Donald Trump

Earlier this month, the Western Conservative Summit 2024 straw poll in Colorado saw 71% approval for a DeSantis run, four points ahead of Trump. No other candidate drew even 30% support.

A poll of 325 attendees at the Wisconsin Republican Convention, reported by WisPolitics.com, saw DeSantis receive 38% of the vote in a hypothetical 2024 GOP field that included over two dozen potential candidates. Trump was six points behind the Governor.

Closer to home, a Jacksonville straw poll held by the conservative radio station WBOB, which included over 700 respondents, saw DeSantis top Trump, 53% to 47%.

DeSantis continues to surge in 2024 prediction markets. He has drawn even with Trump in the PredictIt market for the nomination, and is just one cent below Trump in the General Election market, with both ahead of all Democratic names in the market.

Formal polling of a potential race, meanwhile, shows Trump is still atop the hypothetical 2024 horse race. The Club for Growth told the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman that Trump won “handily” in a series of statewide head-to-head polls of a potential Primary matchup with DeSantis.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


4 comments

  • More of a Bore than Before

    June 13, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    He says he is not going to run. After awhile, constantly repeating the question, in one cutesy form or another, over and over again, just gets to be really BORING journalism.

  • Pat Shannon

    June 14, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Why don’t you and President Trump team up! Quit knocking each other down. You are young and can replace President Trump in four years. I live in Florida and I have been
    very pleased with you as governor and would hate to lose you
    That is the only problem I have with you running for President.

  • Tom

    June 15, 2022 at 7:49 am

    He’s term limited, only gets 4 more yrs. when re-elected, up to 2026.

    We need him to do for America what’s he’s accomplished for Florida.

    I think he’s sincere. Seeking Presidency is an incredible enterprise. Ex potus #45 is formidable to defeat within primary. I doubt he will run against him. He has never said he’s interested.

    DeSantis is America’s Gov, new generation leader who is clearly the new voice and conscience of the Repub party, with great accomplishments.

    Rising tide for all under America’s Gov.

  • S Diem

    June 21, 2022 at 10:20 am

    If he runs against Trump, he will be called another Mike Pence , and I know every one I have spoken too feels the same and will never vote for him, maybe the people in Florida will but not other States, and will never vote for him for an position ever, just another traitor

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