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DeSantis: Not Considering Presidential Run, Focused On Making Sure ‘People Are Not Supporting Critical Race Theory’

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a statement regarding his potential plans for the 2024 election.

DeSantis said he is not thinking about a presidential run and is instead focused on making sure “people are not supporting critical race theory.”

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“I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job. We got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year,” the Republican told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“And we are also working on a lot of things in the state beyond just the governor’s race. We got school board races, Sean. I want to make sure people are not supporting Critical Race Theory, making sure that, you know, parents have the ability to send their kids to school the way they want to. So there’s a lot of huge issues. That is way down the road, it’s not anything that I’m planning for,” he added.

Donald Trump may be preparing to go for the presidency again in 2024 and he said he believes he knows what would happen if the battle came to him and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the Republican nomination.

In a Sunday interview with Yahoo Finance, Trump said he does not believe anyone can stand in his way of being the Republican nominee if he decides he wants to campaign for it, Fox News reported.

Less than a week before he returns to the state that kicks off the race for the White House, former President Trump says in a new interview that if he runs again for president, most other Republicans would “drop out.”

But if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s standing among conservatives has skyrocketed over the past year and a half, also makes a bid for the 2024 GOP nomination, Trump emphasizes “I’d beat him.”

The former president made his comments in excerpts released Sunday from an interview with Yahoo Finance that’s scheduled to be published on Monday.

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Trump remains very popular and influential among Republican voters and GOP politicians as he continues to play a kingmaker’s role in party politics and repeatedly flirts with launching a third straight presidential campaign, to try and return to the White House.

Trump remains the overwhelming front runner in all of the extremely early polls in the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race. But in hypothetical questions with Trump not on the ballot, DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence top the large field of potential contenders in most surveys. 

“I don’t think I will face him,” he said of the popular Florida governor in a potential match for the nomination in 2024. “I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out.”

But he said that “if I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else.”

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Last week Gov. DeSantis dismissed talk of him vying for the Republican nomination for president in 2024 when he spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity saying, “I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job.”

“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year and we’re also working on a lot of things in the state beyond just the governor’s race,” he said.

In August, during an interview on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast to talk about Afghanistan, Trump also implied that he intends to run for president again while speaking with Fox News personality Lisa Boothe.

Trump said he’s still deciding on another presidential run, but he teased that his mind may already be made up.

“We won [the election] twice. I’ve won it twice and now I have to win it again. I guess if we’re going to save the country,” Trump said.

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“I’ll make a decision,” Trump added.

“It won’t be maybe for a little while. You know, a lot of people would like to see a decision immediately,” he said. “But perhaps there’s also a big group, including maybe myself, that would like to see it after the midterms.”

Trump certainly seemed to imply he at least wants to run again in 2024.

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