(LibertySons.org) – It is never too early for political parties to begin thinking about the next election cycle. There have been many rumors and ideas floating around about who should be the next conservative presidential nominee. Two names, in particular, keep coming up in Republican circles: former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Trump After the Election
Trump has teased the idea of a 2024 bid for a second term but hasn’t come out and said for sure whether he plans to run or not. Trump remains the clear leader of the Republican Party and has continued support from those who helped him win in 2016. Conventional wisdom considers him to be the forerunner in the next election.
DeSantis: Building a Name
While Trump is still teasing whether he will run in 2024, DeSantis is busy building a reputation within the party as someone who gets things done. He has an impressive skill set lying outside of politics. For instance, he’s a Navy veteran and a Harvard Law School graduate.
DeSantis is no stranger to those keeping an eye on the potential field of those in the running for 2024. He has demonstrated his ability to handle a crisis well, as he has easily brought his state through the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s also gained attention for his handling of censorship on social media platforms and his approach to voter fraud concerns. Most recently, on June 10, 2021, he led the ban on critical race theory in Florida classrooms.
DeSantis pulled ahead of Trump as the person respondents would back as the Republican nominee in a recent poll conducted by the Western Conservative Summit. Results showed 74.12% preferred the governor versus 71.43% backing the former president.
Both DeSantis and Trump have their strengths and potential vulnerabilities. Some Republicans have concerns over Trump’s “I did it my way” style of politics. On the flip-side, he knows how to get things done and his “Make America Great Again” and “America First” policies remain as strong as ever.
DeSantis has skillfully navigated the COVID-19 crisis and shown particular strength pushing back at restrictions like the cruise ship industry’s efforts to enforce vaccine mandates on clients. On the other hand, he lacks the national and global experience of Trump.
They are two very different candidates, but they both seem to want the same things, which speaks to conservatives who wish to win back the White House in 2024. It will be interesting to watch what happens in the next couple of years and see who ends up on the ticket.
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