DeSantis Says Republicans Need to ‘Chill Out a Little Bit’ On 2024 Campaign Talk

Florida governor was referring to who will be running for president in 2024.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Governor Ron DeSantis urges the GOP to “chill out a little bit” on getting too far into campaign chatter for 2024.
  • “We just finished this election, OK? People just need to chill out a little bit on some of this stuff,” DeSantis said at a press conference.  
  • DeSantis, who has not announced a 2024 presidential candidacy but is widely seen as Trump’s most contested potential opponent in a Republican presidential primary, kept the focus off 2024, reminding reporters of the upcoming Dec. 6 runoff election between Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.
DESANTIS ON AVOIDING 2024 CAMPAIGN TALK:

“I mean, seriously, we just ran an election. We have this Georgia runoff coming, which is very important for Republicans to win that Georgia runoff. I mean, I know around the country, Florida was kind of the biggest bright spot. It was not so bright in many other parts of the country. It was a substandard performance given the dynamics that are at play,” DeSantis said.

BACKGROUND:
  • Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign Tuesday during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • The former President faced scrutiny within the party last week when he took a jab at DeSantis, nicknaming him “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
  • The governor has not responded to the comments, but urged the naysayers to “go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night.”