Convention of States endorser and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially announced on Wednesday that he is running for President of the United States.
The hugely popular Republican narrowly won the governorship in 2018. Then, beginning during the 2020 pandemic, DeSantis’s approval skyrocketed as he prioritized the people of his own state over the radical, overbearing agenda of Washington, DC. He was then reelected in a historic landslide during last year’s midterms.
“We showed that we can — and must — revitalize America,” he declared in his announcement video. “We need the courage to lead and the strength to win.”
I’m running for president to lead our Great American Comeback. pic.twitter.com/YmkWkLaVDg— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) May 24, 2023
The governor’s uncompromising agenda has been praised widely by conservatives who celebrate his willingness to break traditional GOP orthodoxies to fight the left and promote American values.
Ultimately, he turned the Sunshine State—a one-time swing state—into an oasis of freedom, a popular destination for political “refugees” fleeing the failed policies of far-left blue states. During the pandemic, for example, nearly 330,000 people moved to Florida. That number has continued to climb since then.
Additionally, Florida is one of the only states to become redder even as its electorate becomes younger and more diverse and one of only three Republican states that had higher than the national average turnout for young voters in the 2022 election.
DeSantis's highly-anticipated bid for the presidency was officially announced on a Twitter livestream with Elon Musk. The media has criticized the event for being fraught with technical problems and glitches that delayed the announcement by 30 minutes. Others have explained that Twitter’s servers were “strained” due to the hundreds of thousands of users who attempted to tune it.
As a Convention of States supporter, Gov. Ron DeSantis understands that the federal government will “never voluntarily give up an ounce of its power.”
“I know the states need to use Article V to take the power away from DC,” he said in his endorsement. “Florida was the third of 12 (now 19) states that have already passed the Resolution, and I encourage all other state legislatures to support the Convention of States Project and pass the resolution today.”
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