Ron DeSantis isn’t ruling out 2028 run

Desantis campaign Iowa press conference
'We'll see what the future holds.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis left the presidential race after the first caucuses in Iowa this year. But in four years, he may run again, he said on the “Steve Deace Show” podcast.

“We’ll see what the future holds,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said he viewed this year as “really a hinge point in American history and if we don’t get it right, you know, I don’t know what it’s going to look like in the future. So who knows?”

“When I was in Iowa, a lot of these folks that stuck with the President were very supportive of what I’ve done in Florida. They thought I was a good candidate,” DeSantis said. “I even had people say they think that I would even do better as President, but they felt that they owed (Donald) Trump another shot. And so I think we really made a strong impression.”

The Governor believes he’s “got a lot of support” going forward.

“Most of the people that supported me, whether activists, whether volunteers, whether fundraisers, you know, they’re all on board, you know, for what the future holds. So we’ll be active,” DeSantis promised.

“We’ll be exercising leadership down here in Florida and holding down the fort for freedom. And so we’ll see what the future holds. But I hope we can get a good result in 2024 because if we don’t, it’s going to be tough sledding for this country.”

If the “Left” is “unimpeded,” meanwhile, DeSantis said the country will “need states like Iowa and Florida to be the refuge.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • PeterH

    January 23, 2024 at 2:08 pm

    Go and find gainful employment in the private sector for a change of pace.

    DeSantis will NEVER win a National Election!

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Not Pushaw

      January 23, 2024 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Nikki Fried. I know it is personal with you as you could never get the best of DeSantis. Talk about someone that will never win a National Election. You couldn’t even beat Charlie Crist for the Demo nomination for Governor. Remember Ronald Reagan didn’t win the first time he ran as well. DeSantis will be back.

      • Bill

        January 23, 2024 at 3:41 pm

        Nikki Fried? WTF does she have to do with anything? Your dementia is starting to show. Bad enough we have Biden and Trump to contend with now the commenters are losing the plot as well.

        • Not Pushaw

          January 23, 2024 at 5:07 pm

          Bill thanks for your concern but I am fine. Peter H thinks I am actually Pushaw. I’m just having a little fun with Peter H. No, I am not Pushaw.🤣

          • Silly Wabbit

            January 25, 2024 at 4:25 pm

            You kwazy.

  • Nebraska Granny's

    January 23, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    This year is a hinge year in America, yes it sure is. Yet you felt you owed it to Donald Trump. He may not be guilty of all the crimes he is charged with, but he is certainly guilty of some of them. He’s a sinner like the rest of us. Remember that scowling, pouty face he gives in the courtroom? This is what you all want representing the USA? Ron DeSantis spoke specifics, Trump, platitudes, promising everything but will he deliver? He didn’t the last time, did he? Not completely. Four more years of Biden or Trump will mean disaster for this country, especially for the Constitution. Trump has promised to suspend the US Constitution for awhile. How long is ‘awhile’? Biden is no friend of the Constitution either with his plentiful use of Executive Orders. We need to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. There is still time.🇺🇸🤠

    • Nebraska Granny's

      January 23, 2024 at 2:32 pm

      PS. The President does take an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution ” just so he can grab power? That’s illegal. That’s treason. But by then it will be too late.😠🚑🇺🇸

      • rick whitaker

        January 24, 2024 at 8:06 pm

        if you care, like you say you do, you will vote for biden. don’t believe all the lies about biden. i care, and my whole family are voting for biden. come join us in saving democracy

    • Craven Florida The Ministry of Grammer

      January 23, 2024 at 2:59 pm

      No apostrophe in Grannys, sweetheart.

      Learn the lingli, por favor.

      • Dont Say FLA

        January 24, 2024 at 7:30 am

        Whyle eats never perductive lambusting foo’s over there grammrr four there own lambust of a thurd purty aboot there grammrr, as wif the pervobial spoon, they’re is no E.

      • Grammer Schmammer

        January 25, 2024 at 4:37 pm

        What if her moniker means this is her comment, as in Nebraska Granny’s comment or take on the issue. An apostrophe would be correct for the possessive form. And the plural of Granny is grannies, so she’s probably not attempting the plural.
        I think she is correct on the grammar and delusional in her belief that Biden is as big a threat to the Constitution as Trump. That’s nuttier than my Granny’s fruitcake.

  • Craven Florida

    January 23, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    Bless his adorable heart; 2028. Imagine.

  • Michael K

    January 23, 2024 at 3:48 pm

    2028 from the bottom depths of the dustbin of history:

    Rhonda who?

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 23, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    I mean why not? Why wouldn’t everybody in Florida state government run for national office no matter how minuscule the chance of winning? Rhonda just got a 9 month paid vacation. I’ll bet he’d like another one. I’m sure it’ll be very hard work for Rhonda being Floribama Community College President

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      January 23, 2024 at 6:43 pm

      You can come home now my Love,
      I checked your Mom back into the nervous hospital until the Presidental election is over. Everything here at home is calm and in order. We can go visit Mom as often as you want. Its the best thing we can do for your Mom you know how nervious she gets over politics. I’ll send a car for you and take you shopping for whatever you want
      Dad ❣️❣️❣️

      • Dont Say FLA

        January 24, 2024 at 7:39 am

        Thanks pops! I am doing okay right now but next really cold spell, I’m there.

        • Earl's Long Suffering But Heavily Medicated Wife

          January 24, 2024 at 11:21 am

          Baby I’m fine. We were eating at Denny’s last night when your dad just got up and left me there. They found him at that park he’s not allowed to go to anymore because of that incident, well all of those incidents, really. Anyway he’s back home with me with his ankle monitor on. Hope you visit soon! I don’t think he’s got much time left on the outside again. You can only violate parole so many times.

          • rick whitaker

            January 24, 2024 at 11:35 am

            SOLUTION, throw earl pitts under the bus at every chance. god knows he will never get the treatment he really needs. is his sphincter still bothering him? SOLUTION, change to a much smaller sex toy size.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 24, 2024 at 8:48 pm

      You and Jimmy Patronis must listen to the same radio show. You make light of it, but Jimmy takes it as the gospel.

  • Elmo

    January 23, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    He’s spewing his same old freedom garbage. What he actually does is takes away freedoms and he literally kills Floridians with his policies. He is a sick nut who will cast three more years of ruin upon the Sunshine State.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 23, 2024 at 7:33 pm

      Who is he killing? What are you smoking might be a better question.

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 23, 2024 at 8:49 pm

        92K Floridians died of COVId, thus far, and except for the beginning of the vaccination campaign, when Dee urged seniors to get the shot, Dee has undercut the scientific consensus about the importance of getting vaccinated — if not for themselves, for their grandparents and elderly neighbors. (MAGAmites comprise a preponderance of deaths. So, caveat emptor!)

        • Earl's Long Suffering But Heavily Medicated Wife

          January 24, 2024 at 11:28 am

          Yup! Hospitals had refrigerated trucks outside because morgues couldn’t process the dead bodies quick enough. And there’s Tiny D discouraging people from taking the vaccine and employing basic common sense antiseptic measures. His actions caused many preventable deaths.

          • MH/Duuuval

            January 24, 2024 at 8:50 pm

            Dee even has another Harvard guy on staff, a medical doctor, to help him carry this load of lies about vaccinations.

  • Michael roberts

    January 23, 2024 at 8:26 pm

    little dude does not know how to take a hint.America does not want what floriduh has become.Floriduh is not happy. Don’t say gay. say 3 way.

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 24, 2024 at 7:25 am

      Like prison, it’s not gay when it’s 3 way? Hmmm. I like that!

  • Michael roberts

    January 24, 2024 at 7:33 am

    no like the woman that bans books and her husband who was fired because of a sexual assault charge ,undermining the Republican Party in this state…

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 24, 2024 at 8:10 am

      Yeah, the “woman on woman” part wasn’t “gay,” it was “a 3 way.”

      Just like when folks in prison say the things they do to each other are not gay. It’s just prison!

      I wonder if books about FFM 3 ways are allowed in elementary schools? And what about FMM 3 days? FMMs feel a little gayer.

  • Lex

    January 24, 2024 at 8:39 am

    First off, Desantis don’t completely rule out 2024 because something bad could happen to Trump and you are essentially Trump with more likability. But yes, you are the current heir apparent for the 2028 Republican Primaries. The Republican party has a deep history of nominating the runner-up in the previous primaries. Desantis, you were the number two when you dropped out. There is no huge gulf between the policies of Trump and Desantis. Desantis is still young and ingrained in the current Zeitgeist of the Republican voters. If Republicans weren’t focused on vindicating Trump for wrongful indictments, you might actually be the candidate now.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 24, 2024 at 9:45 am

      If DJT is defeated 2 out of 3, why would Trump Lite Dee be attractive to donors or voters? Because Dee has less calories?

    • Silly Wabbit

      January 25, 2024 at 4:40 pm

      You kwazy.

    • Kamwick

      January 26, 2024 at 7:50 pm

      DeSantis has terrible policies that are hard on people.

      And that really weird grimace that is supposed to pass for a smile. He is waaayyyy out of touch, and if that’s the best the GOP has, they will continue the long decline.

      • Dont Say FLA

        January 29, 2024 at 8:43 am

        I’d say DeSantis has a people problem related to his hard on for terrible polices

  • Andrew Finn

    January 25, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Hey “Mr Never Back Down” Ronnie Boy — By 2028 you will be known as “Ron Who ?” way less relevant (if that’s possible) than you are now — oh, and Nancy Sinatra called and said she wants her boots back !!!!

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 25, 2024 at 1:25 pm

      Remember the guy from Florida?

      The guy with the boots?


      Me neither

      • Silly Wabbit

        January 25, 2024 at 5:16 pm

        Who that?

  • Terry

    January 25, 2024 at 7:03 pm

    If only Ronny would leave Fl. Maybe we can put the pieces back together. He’s killing us.

  • Zaymar Asencio

    January 25, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    Esteemed Governor you should have waited until 2028 and gone through this painful process for nothing.

  • John L

    January 29, 2024 at 11:01 am

    I am sure your donors who gave you 100 plus million want Duh Santis to blow some more of their money on a unlikable candidate who is known as pudding fingers and wears heels to make him look taller.

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