Headline RoundupMay 31st, 2023

DeSantis Kicks Off 2024 Campaign in Iowa

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On Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) formally kicked off his 2024 presidential campaign at Eternity Church in Clive, Iowa during his first in-person event as a presidential candidate.

Key Details: DeSantis, who declared his candidacy on May 24, touted his record again wokeism in Florida, and dinged the double standard he believes is being used in the investigation of first-son Hunter Biden for tax evasion. DeSantis received standing ovations for his opposition to what he called "indoctrination rather than education" in Florida schools.

Key Quote: “Leadership is not about entertainment. It’s not about building a brand. It’s not about virtue signaling,” DeSantis said. “It is about results.”

For Context: Iowa is key to DeSantis' strategy to win the Republican nomination over former President Donald Trump, who has a 31-point advantage (53% to 22%) on DeSantis, according to RealClearPolitics. DeSantis is hoping for the support of evangelicals in the state who have concerns about Trump.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum covered the event, with some right-rated sources focusing on DeSantis's comments about Hunter Biden, and some left-rated sources focusing on DeSantis's efforts to contrast himself to Trump.

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