DeSantis to Visit Iowa; Will He Run?

( – Florida’s popular Republican Governor Ron DeSantis will visit Iowa on March 10th, prompting speculation that his visit may signal a commitment to run for President in 2024.

Since the Iowa presidential caucuses are the first ones held in the nation during election cycles, politicians and the public devote a great deal of attention to potential candidates who make stops in the state.

DeSantis is set to stop in Des Moines and Davenport during his first trip to Iowa. Governor Kim Reynolds will host what is being described as “interview-style conversations” with DeSantis in both cities.

Reynolds is popular in Iowa for many of the same reasons DeSantis enjoys high approval ratings in Florida. Both governors resisted the onslaught of pandemic restrictions when most of the country conceded citizens’ Constitutional and civil rights, buckling under extra-legal curfews and restrictions on business.

DeSantis took a strongly contrasting approach, declaring Florida a state that takes freedom and Constitutional rights seriously. Along with pushing back on powerful corporations like Disney who are pushing “woke” political and cultural ideas, DeSantis’s stance has won him notable popularity among conservatives as well as more liberty-minded liberals.

Polls of likely voters in the 2024 Presidential elections show DeSantis near the top, but he is beaten out in popularity by former President Donald Trump. In characteristic style, Trump has made swipes at his apparent opponent, most recently dubbing him “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

Iowa is just one stop on DeSantis’s nationwide tour; he’s touting what he calls his “Florida blueprint” as well as his new book, “The Courage to be Free.” The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, is among the upcoming destinations for the tour.

Ron DeSantis represented Florida’s 6th Congressional District from 2013 to 2018 before winning the governorship and taking office in 2019. He is a Florida native who graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School before joining the Marines in 2004, where he acted as a legal advisor before a tour of duty in Iraq.

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