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Ron DeSantis launched his presidential campaign on Wednesday, signaling the prospect of at least a somewhat competitive primary in 2024.
The Florida governor, who polls suggest is the only potentially serious impediment to former president Donald Trump in the GOP nominating contest right now, made his announcement alongside Elon Musk on Twitter Spaces, in an event marred by technical difficulties.
He joins declared candidates that include Trump, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and others, and he could soon be joined by former vice president Mike Pence and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.
Below are takeaways from the launch.
One pre-launch comment from DeSantis’s top strategist stood out. Jeff Roe told the New York Times, “I don’t believe people fundamentally understand that you can be a leader of a movement and not be the leader of your party. Ron DeSantis has the ability to be both. Trump does not.”
This article was written by Aaron Blake and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com