TALLAHASSEE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he plans to run for a second four-year term and expects to make an official announcement at the end of the year.
He said speculation about a 2024 White House bid was “total waste,” but did not specifically rule out the possibility of a presidential bid.
In an interview, the Republican said it was a “certain assumption” that he would run for a second term as governor.
“I’m planning it, I’ve not announced it yet, but I think it ‘s a sure guess I’ll do it,” DeSantis said.
“Any political item you hear along these lines – this is total rubbish,” DeSantis said of speculation that he would make a White House bid. “It’s not coming from me. I’m just doing one day at a time.”
DeSantis rose from his first year in Congress to governor of the country’s third largest state in just eight years and is seen as a potential GOP candidate for president.
But Republicans, a close ally of President Donald Trump who owes his mandate to the governor’s office partly for the president’s approval, could face a political assessment if Trump loses the White House in November, especially if he can not received his new state of Florida.
DeSantis had earned favorable ratings for approval until the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year. After narrowly defeating Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum in 2018, he faked forward environmental initiatives and a pay raise of a teacher who won the beach by Democrats and could isolate him from partisan attacks during his re-election.
But the pandemic has forced DeSantis to change its focus and stop raising funds for its political committee during the outbreak.
He has been under faint criticism from Democrats in Florida for his response to Covid-19, including that from Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, one of several potential DeSantis challengers in 2022. He has drawn fire to refuse to issue a nationwide masked mandate, being slow to shut down the state, and other responses to the pandemic.
DeSantis, citing having three children under the age of 5, came up with the idea that each position chosen is a “beauty contest” for the top office.
“I have a young family, I have a good job, we have achieved a lot here,” DeSantis said. “What’s wrong with the rich really?”