2024 Candidates: What Does Ron DeSantis Bring to the Presidential Race?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) formally announced his 2024 presidential campaign Wednesday night, touting it as a "great American comeback." What does he add to the growing field of Republican candidates?
DeSantis's Message: "We must end the culture of losing that has infected the Republican Party in recent years," DeSantis said Wednesday. "Even my worst critics in Florida will acknowledge when I tell people I’m going to do something. I don’t make promises or say I’m going to do something lightly."
What the Left Said: Many left-rated sources focused less on DeSantis's message and instead highlighted technical issues with his announcement on Twitter, and cast doubt on his ability to build enough momentum to beat Trump. One CNN opinion (Left bias) said DeSantis "managed to obliterate his own message." Vox (Left) called the announcement "disastrous." Associated Press (Lean Left) called it "a tech failure."
What the Right Said: Right-rated sources also often covered DeSantis's announcement in the context of whether he can beat Trump. National Review's editorial board (Right) said DeSantis brings "a successful record as governor and the goodwill of Republicans nationally." One New York Post opinion (Right) said that "After seven years of Trump’s leadership of the party, Republican voters deserve a real choice. Now they have one."
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From the LeftRon DeSantis’s very online and very disastrous 2024 campaign announcement
Ron DeSantis’s campaign has been predicated on his competence. Unlike the undisciplined Donald Trump, he won’t lash out on Twitter, get consumed by petty grudges, or even inspire an unruly mob to attack the US Capitol. Instead, DeSantis is running as the candidate who gets things done. He touts that he fights “the war on woke” and wins as he transformed the swing state of Florida into a Republican bastion.
Then, on Wednesday night, he announced his presidential candidacy on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk and billionaire David Sacks.
To put it mildly, it was...
From the CenterWhy GOP candidates are piling on DeSantis — not Trump
There’s a huge target on the back of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as he enters the 2024 Republican presidential primary, even though he’s trailing the GOP-favored front-runner.
While former President Trump is maintaining a commanding, at times double-digit lead in national polls of GOP primary voters, DeSantis has drawn intense criticism from Trump and other contenders, such as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
Candidates who are hoping to overtake Trump likely will need to peel off a swath of DeSantis’s voters to build their winning coalition, strategists...
From the RightThe Promise of Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis enters the presidential race with a successful record as governor and the goodwill of Republicans nationally.
If he’s taken a beating in the press and in the national polls lately, he also brings with him formidable financial resources and organizational wherewithal. He is clearly the candidate Donald Trump fears most, as the former president demonstrates almost every day with some new fusillade.
The political promise of the DeSantis campaign is that he can potentially pry MAGA voters away from Trump while still appealing to traditional Republicans and unite the party...
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