The DeSantis Presidential manifesto?
On November 30, as the holiday shopping gets underway, Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis took to Twitter to announce the release of his new book entitled "The Courage to be Free: Florida's Blueprint for America's Revival".
The book is now available for pre-order, and will be available to read in February 2023, and seems to represent a summary of the governor's achievements to-date as well as outlining how his model for leading Florida over the last few years could represent a blueprint for America to do the same.
The book's release has added further evidence to speculation that he is readying himself to run for president in 2024.
DeSantis running for president?
The governor is yet to announce a run for the White House, but there have been numerous signs that suggest he could be planning to do so. In the immediate aftermath of midterms, a YouGov poll suggested that DeSantis led the former one-term president Donald Trump as the preferred Republican candidate for 2024.
In recent weeks, DeSantis has refused to confirm (or deny) rumors of a planned presidential campaign but even so, numerous Republicans have begun to ally themselves with DeSantis. At the same time, Republican mega-donors including Ken Griffin of Citadel Investments have declared that they will be shifting their financial support from Donald Trump, towards Ron DeSantis.
Commenting on his decision, Griffin had this to say:
"I'd like to think that the Republican Party is ready to move on from somebody who has been for this party a three-time loser."
Trump's fortunes fading?
Meanwhile, another Florida Republican - Donald Trump - has shown his hand already, declaring his candidacy for the position of president once again. Faithful Republicans like Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor-Greene have fallen into line behind Trump, but reactions otherwise have been muted.
Conservative media outlets like Fox News actually cut away from the televised announcement of his campaign, and the New York Post mocked him with the headline 'Florida Man Makes Announcement', consigning the story to page 26 of their publication.
Trump has also become mired in further controversy in recent days after it emerged that he had hosted white-supremacist and holocaust-denier Nick Fuentes together with rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West) for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at his Florida home. Whilst Trump denies knowing who Fuentes was, it's not looked good for Trump to be associating with such controversial figures.
DeSantis meanwhile seems content to keep America guessing about his next move. Perhaps the publication of his autobiography with a title that suggests he has a plan to save America, is the clearest sign yet that DeSantis intends to run for president - only time will tell!
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