Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to run for president in 2024 and has received support from former Trump administration official Ken Cuccinelli and Republican Congressman Chip Roy of Texas.
Why it matters
DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party and his potential candidacy for president in 2024 is significant as he is seen as a potential successor to former President Donald Trump. The endorsements from Cuccinelli and Roy indicate a shift in the party away from Trump and towards a new generation of leadership.
What the papers say
The Independent, NY Post, AP News
How we got here
DeSantis was re-elected as governor of Florida in a landslide victory in November 2022. He has been a vocal supporter of Trump's policies but has also sought to distance himself from the former president in recent months. DeSantis has been positioning himself as a potential presidential candidate for the 2024 election and has been courting conservative lawmakers in the lead-up to his expected announcement in May.
More on these topics
Ronald "Ron" Dion DeSantis is an American attorney, naval officer, and Republican politician. He has served as the 46th governor of Florida since 2019, and he represented Florida's 6th congressional district in Congress from 2013 to 2018.
Kenneth Thomas Cuccinelli II is an American politician and lawyer serving as Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security since 2019.
Donald John Trump is an American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.
In the United States, a political action committee is a 527 organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation.