If you know much about how the 2024 presidential race is shaping up so far, it’s that former President Donald Trump is highly favored on the Republican side, with nearly every single poll showing him far ahead of every other candidate.
But as former White House press secretary to Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, says, that could be just because Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, hasn’t made an official announcement to run yet.
Then again, it will all come down to the debates.
As you know, “America’s governor,” as he’s often referred to, has been rumored to run for quite a while now, with some even suggesting that he and Trump team up. Of course, since they are both from Florida, they can’t be on the same ticket, naturally pitting them against one another in a potential race for the GOP nomination.
Then again, as I said before, DeSantis hasn’t even announced he will run yet.
And for McEnany, this seems to be the only real reason Trump has such a wide lead in polling ahead of DeSantis.
The former press secretary appeared on Friday for “America 180 with David Brody.” Her appearance was to discuss her new book, “Serenity in the Storm.” But we all knew politics would come up at some point.
And so, about 12 minutes in, it did.
Brody asked her how she thought the race was “going to shape up?”
For McEnany, she thinks it will all be “defined by the debate stage.” She explained that once on the stage, Trump’s biggest claim will be that he’s already been president once, proving he can do the job again.
On the other hand, DeSantis has a whole “litany of achievements” he’s made in Florida to list off.
McEnany then even gave a slight jab at Trump, insinuating that when he ran out of things to list for himself, it would be great not to see him “attacking a fellow Republican,” as many suggest he will. She noted that this kind of thing, while popular during 2016, isn’t going to do Trump or anyone else any real favors.
In fact, it might even help DeSantis if he refrains from jumping on that bandwagon. The people will respect him more for it, which will only help his chances against Trump in the long run.
But like McEnany says, “We’ll see.” It’s all still up in the air right now.