Republicans to debate the issues of the day
On July 13, Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he and other members of the Republican Party of Florida will be meeting for the 2022 Sunshine Summit, to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on July 23, 2022.
During the event, numerous high-profile Republicans will take to the stage to speak and debate the key issues of the moment. Included on the bill are Governor DeSantis himself, along with his wife Casey, Mark Levin, Dave Rubin, Karol Markowicz, Stephen Moore, Byron Donalds and many other high-profile Republicans.
A chance to establish credibility with voters
Past Sunshine Summit meetings have coincided with other key points in recent political history. At the 2015 event, Republican presidential candidates debated the issues of the day to establish their credentials and tout for support.
His attendance at the event in 2015 likely contributed to Donald Trump's eventual ascension to the White House for his one term presidency. If he should declare himself as a candidate in 2024 (potentially running against Ron DeSantis if Florida's governor should do the same) then it should be expected that Trump would appear again in future.
However, recent straw-polls of Republican voters across the nation have begun to show consistently that Ron DeSantis has more appeal to voters than Donald Trump. Time will tell if this remains the case.
Leading congressional candidates to hold debates
The event will also feature primary debates between candidates from some of Florida's congressional districts - between the candidates who are most likely to be nominated based on share of the vote in primaries and funds raised by their campaign.
Commenting on the event, Helen Aguirre Ferré, the Executive Director of RPOF had this to say:
“At a time when Florida is leading the nation as the beachhead for freedom, the primary debates at this year’s Sunshine Summit are must-see events as we prepare for a red wave in November. Led by Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Republicans are energized to elect a strong slate of conservative candidates up and down the ballot this November.”
For Florida Republicans the Sunshine Summit will likely be a highlight of July, in terms of getting to grips with the priorities and personalities of politicians who will go on to represent them if victorious in forthcoming elections.
Will you be watching the debates at the Sunshine Summit with interest, or do you tend to just trust whichever politician is nominated to represent you? Let me know in the comments section below.