(USA Features) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hinted at a further political career during an event Friday, fueling speculation he may seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 if former President Donald Trump doesn’t jump in.
“I can tell you this: In the state of Florida, with me as governor, I have only begun to fight,” DeSantis said to a room full of about 750 GOP activists and officials at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, the Daily Wire reported, citing CNN.
Earlier in the event, a pastor prayed over the meal and noted that DeSantis would make a good president.
As he spoke, the Florida governor pointed out his battles against big tech and the Biden administration, as well as the federal health regime in reopening his state amid the COVID pandemic.
He also touted his support for police and his pushback against left-wing educational curriculum like Critical Race Theory.
“All I can say to any state that has not followed suit: Open your state, open your schools, end these mask mandates, let people live and thrive,” DeSantis said, according to CNN. “When it came right down to it, we chose freedom over Fauci-ism.”
DeSantis defeated Democratic challenger and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by about 33,000 votes. However, his stock has gone up since.
“A May poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce showed that DeSantis has a strong base of support among registered voters with 55% approving of his leadership and 40% disapproving,” the Daily Wire reported.