Headline RoundupMay 25th, 2023

2024 Candidates: What Does Ron DeSantis Bring to the Presidential Race?

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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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