Gov. DeSantis remains coy about any run for president

Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News on April 18, 2021. Source: Screenshot/Fox News

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been building his national profile ahead of a possible presidential campaign through appearances on national conservative media platforms, demurred Tuesday when asked about his ambitions.

“Everything I’m doing is for the 2022 cycle,” when he’ll be up for reelection, the governor said when asked about his plans during a bill signing for legislation expanding Florida’s school vouchers program. That ceremony was open to regular reporters.

He stressed that he hasn’t formally announced his candidacy for reelection, much less president.

“Frankly, I don’t think these campaigns should take two years,” DeSantis said, adding that, for now, he’s concentrating on his official duties.

“We’re working hard, getting a lot done for the people of Florida,” he said.

He spoke one day ahead of his participation in a “town hall” broadcast for Newsmax, the pro-Donald Trump opinion streaming service. Of late, DeSantis has stepped up his appearances in conservative media, even signing legislation, including the state’s new vote-by-mail restrictions, on Fox News.

Only Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has announced for the governor’s race thus far, although Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried is openly preparing for a run and Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings is considering taking on DeSantis or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of the GOP.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.