Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to officially announce plans to seek his party's presidential nomination. However, a series of recent moves suggest that may be about to change.
The latest example came this past weekend, with 8WGAL reporting that DeSantis made an appearance at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill on Saturday to promote his new book titled "The Courage to Be Free: Florida's Blueprint for America's Revival."
The governor touted his record in Florida, saying, "We serve as a promised land for Americans disenchanted by left-wing government."
"It’s inappropriate for teachers to tell young students an out gender ideology and we’d not allow it in our schools," DeSantis continued.
That was a reference to his signing of the Parental Rights in Education Act, a law that prohibits teachers from discussing matters of gender or sexuality with students in kindergarten through third grade.
"I'm proud of what we’ve done in Florida but I have only begun to fight. We are going to save liberty in this country," the governor continued.
DeSantis also took aim at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's decision to indict former President Donald Trump over an alleged payoff to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
"This is when you know the law is being weaponized for political purposes and targeting political opponents," 8 WGAL quoted DeSantis as saying.
This is not the first time that DeSantis has made what many consider to be an unofficial campaign stop, as Fox News reported last month that he also visited Iowa.
However, a poll of Republican voters carried out between March 16 and March 20 by Monmouth University put DeSantis 14 points behind former President Donald Trump.
Monmouth Poll: 2024 GOP Primary*
• Trump — 41% (+8 from Feb)
• DeSantis — 27% (-6)
• Haley — 3%
• Pence — 1%
• Paul — 1%
• Cruz — 1%
• T. Scott — 1%
• Trump — 47% (+7)
• DeSantis — 46% (-7)
521 RV | Mar 16-20| *list was not readhttps://t.co/4ZAO5Gr5Ua
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) March 21, 2023
"The movement Trump created is sticking by their standard-bearer," Breitbart quoted Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray.
"That’s enough for Trump to overcome weaker support among the less MAGA portion of the Republican electorate, at least for now," he continued, adding that Trump appears to enjoy "pretty stable" support.
The pollster went on to predict that if more candidates were to enter the race then it would likely "spread out the anti-Trump vote."