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It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future


When President Donald Trump takes the stage at a major Conservative conference in Dallas on Saturday, he’s likely just gotten a boost to his 2024 plans in the form of a straw poll that will almost certainly rank him as the frontrunner. among the attendees.

But that’s not the end of the story when it comes to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose star is on the rise this year.

Conservative Political Action Conference attendees want him to first continue the work he is doing in Florida before taking up the national MAGA torch in the 2028 election.

Shane Trejo of Republicans for Renewal said the pair were the kind of leaders the grassroots party should try to emulate.

“I think it would make a lot of sense for Trump to show up in 2024, then DeSantis to finish what he’s doing in Florida, make Florida a red state for generations to come, and then show up in 2028,” he said. Trejo.

“DeSantis is a young man … who seems to be the best for the party and to keep the movement from fracturing.”

CPAC Texas attendees don’t want to make a choice between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis for the 2024 Republican nominee. People like exponent Shane Trejo want Trump to run, while DeSantis continues his work in Florida before taking the MAGA relay in 2028

It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future

It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future

DeSantis is still second to Trump when Republicans are asked who they want to have the Republican nomination in 2024. Trump has yet to announce his plans

It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future

If merchandising is a metric, CPAC attendees are four squares behind Trump

Around it, the Dallas Hilton Exhibit Hall offers its own straw poll.

Patriot Mobile’s booth sells its phone plans next to a cardboard figure of Trump dressed as Rambo.

Stalls sell “Don’t Blame I Voted for Trump” t-shirts.

And the story of the investigation of Russia is on sale in the form of a children’s fairy tale book.

Trejo’s booth is one of the few to feature DeSantis on a poster with the following quote: “America needs a new generation of leaders.” On the other side, Trump: “You will never take back our country with weakness”.

Although Trump is front and center, DeSantis has been performing well in recent months and has used his position in Florida to grab national headlines.

His opposition to vaccination mandates has made him a conservative figurehead during the pandemic. And he has spent the last year aligning himself with parents as he fights what he describes as ‘woke indoctrination in our schools’.

It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future

It’s no surprise that CPAC attendees are Trump loyalists eager for him to run again in 2024

It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future

Trump cutouts are used to sell conservative cellphone packages at CPAC Texas in Dallas

Its Parental Rights in Education Act, dubbed “Don’t Say Gay” by critics, prohibits any instruction involving sexual orientation or gender identity in the early years.

And on Thursday, he made national headlines again by suspending the elected Tampa State’s Attorney for refusing to enforce the state’s new 15-week abortion ban.

With that kind of profile, he now ranks consistently behind Trump among Republicans asked to choose their preferred 2024 candidate. And last month he passed the former president in a poll in Florida for the first time.

The result has been a slew of stories of Trump and DeSantis battling for control of the party.

This rattled some Trump allies.

A group inside the former president’s inner circle pushed Trump to announce his run as soon as possible and quit DeSantis before he got any more buys.

Trump will almost certainly tease the idea of ​​a race in 2024 in his speech on Saturday. Still, questions remain about whether he will end up trading his daily golf game and wireless fundraising life for a campaign back in the media spotlight and the financial constraints of the Federal Election Commission.

It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene took the stage on Friday. The hard-right troublemaker received one of the biggest receptions of the day in the main hall

It should be TRUMP in 2024 – and Ron DeSantis should wait until 2028. Conservatives chart the future

MyPillow founder and Trump loyalist Mike Lindell speaks to the media during the CPAC convention at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. August 05, 2022

But the consensus at the conference was that Trump is still the man and DeSantis’ moment will come later.

Martha Johnson, 69, a retired systems analyst who traveled from Mississippi, said she wants Trump to be the nominee in 2024.

“I should say Trump because DeSantis will have another term in Florida,” she said. “He has a job to do there.

The two inhabit the same political recess of the Republican Party. And Trump world insiders insist that the two would fight for the nomination is a media creation, and that they would likely reach a deal that would meet the ambitions of both.

Kevin Caldwell has compared Trump to famous oil well firefighter Red Adair, calling him the kind of leader to combat the crises facing the country.

“I think a guy like DeSantis – the class he brings to the table, the education he brings to the table, his overall ability to get things done in a bipartisan way, the way he’s also prepared to stand up to criticism – is going to be a necessary part,” he said.

“I just think it’s too early for that.”

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