Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election on Wednesday. The 44-year-old Republican made the announcement in a Federal Election Commission filing before an online conversation with Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
DeSantis, who once was seen as a strong ally of former President Donald Trump, has been widely expected to run for president since he was elected governor of Florida in 2018. He has been credited with helping to turn the state into a Republican stronghold and is seen as one of the leading contenders for the GOP nomination in 2024.
In his campaign video, DeSantis said that he would be focused on "restoring America" and that he wanted to "make sure our country is respected around the world." He also promised to fight against socialism and defend conservative values such as free speech and religious liberty.
The announcement comes at a time when some Republicans are looking for a leader who can unite the party and provide an alternative to President Joe Biden's policies. While some have criticized DeSantis' record on issues such as healthcare and education, others have praised him for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Florida.
It remains to be seen whether DeSantis will be able to gain enough support from voters to secure the GOP nomination in 2024, but his announcement marks an important step forward in what could be a long and contentious race for the White House.