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Possibility of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump squaring off in 2024 builds

DeSantis speaks in New York City, Chicago on Presidents Day
Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump
Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-21 00:04:20-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On a holiday to honor the past presidents of the United States, there was certainly a lot of talk about two Florida men possibly squaring off in the race to be the next president.

Donald Trump announced his candidacy in November, while talk continues to swirl about Gov. Ron DeSantis making a run for the White House.

"I think the numbers when you break them down, this will be a very close race between him (Trump) and DeSantis," Joe Budd, the founder and former president of Club 45 USA, in Palm Beach County, said.

Joe Budd, the founder and former president of Club 45 USA, outlines his thoughts on the possibility that Gov. Ron DeSantis may square off against Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican primary.
Joe Budd, the founder and former president of Club 45 USA, outlines his thoughts on the possibility that Gov. Ron DeSantis may square off against Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican primary.

DeSantis traveled Monday to New York City and Chicago for two speeches on law enforcement.

Trump talked Monday night to a sold-out crowd of supporters at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach.

"I think that both President Trump and Gov. DeSantis have done tremendous jobs," Budd, who said he's being neutral among any Republican candidates, stated.

Adam Goodman offers his thoughts on when he thinks Gov. Ron DeSantis will declare his intentions to run for president.
Adam Goodman offers his thoughts on when he thinks Gov. Ron DeSantis will declare his intentions to run for president.

DeSantis has not said if he will run for the Oval Office, but his travels out-of-state, along with a new book being released next week, has increased speculation that he will run.

Republican strategist Adam Goodman said he believes DeSantis will hold off announcing his intentions until after the upcoming legislative session.

"You can clearly expect come this spring Gov. DeSantis will all but formally announce, and then the game is on," Goodman said.