Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has dismissed speculation about a presidential bid, though a recent poll showed he would be comfortably beaten either way in a hypothetical face-to-face with President Joe Biden in 2024. .
At a press conference to promote the opening of a monoclonal antibody treatment center in St Cloud, Osceola County, DeSantis tried to push back rumors of a White House offer, telling the reporters that “all speculation about me is purely fabricated.”
“I’m just doing my job,” he said on Tuesday, “you know, we work hard. Obviously our state has led on a lot of things, including this, and now other states are copying us. “
“I hear all of this and honestly it’s nonsense so I don’t really know what to say to the rumors,” he added, before answering another question.
His comments are unlikely to dispel speculation about a White House run in 2024, especially since he’s set to headline an event in Nebraska City on Sunday to celebrate farming with d ‘other potential GOP candidates.
DeSantis will be speaking at Gov. Pete Ricketts’ event at Arbor Lodge Historical Park with former Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Fox News reported.
A straw poll in July of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference showed GOP voters ranked DeSantis second behind former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination while, when Trump was not on the ballot, DeSantis came first.
DeSantis even managed to beat Trump in a 2024 straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit a month earlier and the former president said in April he would “definitely” consider the Florida governor as his running mate. .
But an Emerson College poll this month showed DeSantis would be significantly behind Biden if he was on the GOP ticket against the Democratic incumbent.
When asked about a series of potential confrontations, voters said Biden would beat DeSantis by 12 percentage points, from 48% to 36%.
Meanwhile, the survey conducted on Aug.31 and Sept.1 with a 2.7% margin of error said that a Trump-Biden contest would give the former GOP chairman a slight lead, from 47% to 46%.
The results suggest that “Republicans want either Trump or a Trumpian candidate” to lead the 2024 GOP ticket, said Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling.
However, DeSantis, who has aligned himself with Trump and opposed the Biden administration’s policies on pandemic mitigation measures, faces a drop in popularity in his own state as cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing.
A Morning Consult poll at the end of August found that nearly half (48%) of Sunshine State voters disapproved of his performance at work, an eight percent increase since July 1.
News week contacted the DeSantis office for comment.
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