The campaign chairman behind former President Ronald Reagan’s landslide 49-state reelection in 1984 has launched a political action committee to vault Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the U.S. presidency in 2024.
Along with appellate attorney Lilian Rodriguez-Baz, Ed Rollins has created the “Ready for Ron” PAC, which is not affiliated with DeSantis but seeks to encourage him to run for president regardless of what former President Donald Trump ultimately decides to do.
“The era of President Trump was wonderful, but now, since he isn’t currently running, we must get ready for a new leader, we must be Ready for Ron,” Rollins said.
The “draft” committee, as it is called, has created an online petition to garner support and has taken the unorthodox step of asking the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to allow it to share its supporter list with DeSantis should he indeed decide to run for president.
Many potential Republican candidates have balked at formally announcing their bids for the U.S. presidency, preferring instead to see what Trump decides. Still, Rollins and his group aren’t wafting any longer. Rodriguez-Baz told the Daily Mail that “Ready for Ron” was not concerned with Trump’s decision, noting the former president has teased running again in 2024 but has made no machinations indicating he will actually do so.
Asked by the outlet whether DeSantis should run if Trump jumps into the race, Rodriguez-Baz said, “We’re not concerned with whether or not Trump is going to run.”
“To the people that are concerned with that, or to the people that are, I guess, tempted to draw any parallels, we would say that Ron DeSantis is probably the best person, if you look out on the sea of politicians right now, to carry on Trump’s America First agenda policy.”
A recent straw poll out of Wisconsin indicated more GOP convention attendees prefer a DeSantis run for president over a second attempt by Trump. Thirty-eight percent of respondents wanted DeSantis, while 32 percent favored Trump and seven percent wanted former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Governor DeSantis, for his part, maintained he is focused on winning reelection as governor of the Sunshine State.
DeSantis demurred when the notion of a 2024 presidential run was posed to him during an April episode of the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Booth,” offering, “My goal would be, if we win the election really big, people like you who analyze these things are going to say: ‘The days of Florida being a swing state are over. Florida is a red state. And I think that’s because of a lot of what we’ve done.”
Although Trump and DeSantis have not publicly sparred with each other, the Mail reported they have come awfully close to ending the Republican honeymoon.
Trump said on OAN that politicians who refuse to state their vaccination and booster status were “gutless;” a zinger clearly meant for DeSantis, among other elected officials, and the Florida governor in January expressed regret during a “Ruthless” podcast for not being more vocal in his opposition to Mr. Trump’s lockdowns during the infancy of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TRUMP says “I’ve had the booster,” and says he’s seen politicians asked the same, but dodge.
“The answer is yes, but they don’t want to say it. Because they’re gutless… Whether you had it or not. Say it.”
“The vaccine has saved tens of millions of people throughout the world.” pic.twitter.com/LgFHT6l180
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) January 12, 2022
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