Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisUS surpasses 5 million coronavirus cases The Hill’s Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election DeSantis: It’s safe to hug with PPE on MORE (R) dismissed speculation that he has his eyes set on a White House run in 2024, while hinting that he plans on running for reelection in the Sunshine State.
“Any political stuff that you hear along those lines—that is total garbage,” DeSantis told Politico, referring to speculation of his White House aspirations. “It’s not coming from me. I’m just doing a day at a time.”
The first-term governor added that it was safe to assume that he would be running for reelection to remain Florida’s governor.
“I’m planning that, I haven’t announced yet, but I think it’s a safe assumption that I will do it,” DeSantis said.
After serving in the House for three terms, DeSantis was elected governor in 2018, propelled by an endorsement from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges ‘we will not cut corners’ on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE. However, like the president, DeSantis has seen his popularity among Floridians nosedive amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite Florida becoming the epicenter of the virus in the U.S., DeSantis has refused to issue a statewide mask mandate like other GOP governors have done. He has also supported the Trump administration’s push to have schools reopen for in-person instruction in the coming weeks.
State health officials reported 5,886 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and 276 new deaths. Overall, Florida has had 542,792 confirmed cases during the pandemic with 8,553 deaths.