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Florida Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis suspended his bid for president on Sunday and endorsed former President and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“Citizens do not serve politicians. It is the duty of politicians to serve you. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words,” DeSantis said during the announcement that he was suspending his run. “Reversing the decline of this nation requires leadership that delivers big results for the people we are elected to serve. I have a record of leading with conviction, championing an agenda marked by bold colors, delivering on my promises, and defeating the people who are responsible for our nation’s decline. That is the type of leadership we need for all of America. ”
“If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it. But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign. I’m proud to have delivered on 100% of my promises, and I will not stop now,” DeSantis said.
“They watch his presidency gets stymied by relentless resistance, and they see Democrats using lawfare to this day to attack him. While I’ve had disagreements with Donald Trump, such as on the coronavirus pandemic and his elevation of Anthony Fauci, Trump is superior to the current incumbent Joe Biden. That is clear”, DeSantis said about Trump.
“I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee and I will honor that pledge. He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican Guard of yesteryear, a repackage formed have warmed over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents”, DeSantis added.
DeSantis’ exit comes less a week after coming in a distant second in the Iowa caucuses to former President Trump and 48 hours before the New Hampshire primary.
With DeSantis’ exit, just two Republican alternatives remain to Donald Trump and that is former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Dallas Texas pastor Ryan Binkley.
Binkley was the first candidate to release a statement on DeSantis’ decision to suspend his presidential campaign and said “I have the utmost respect for Governor DeSantis, and for all he has accomplished in the great state of Florida. I am certain he will continue to have a positive impact in public service moving forward”.
“While this is a disappointing day for his supporters in New Hampshire and elsewhere, I ask that they consider our message and campaign as an alternative,” Binkley said.
“We need to leadership in this country to overcome the serious challenges we face. I will bring that leadership to the people of our great nation,” Binkley concluded.
President Trump said that is “very honored” to have DeSantis’ endorsement and that he is looking “forward to working together with him to beat Joe Biden, who is the worst and most corrupt president in the history of our country.”