Former Trump rival Jeb Bush praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and talked favorably of the possibility of the governor running for president. Bush called for a “more forward-leaning future” and reaffirmed his belief that DeSantis had the chance to run for higher office.
The former governor of Florida remarked during a Fox Nation special on DeSantis, who has yet to declare his candidacy for president in 2024, “There are folks in public life who are kind of check-the-box politicians, and then there are others they want to serve.”
Bush mentioned DeSantis and his father, George H.W. Bush, who both led the Yale baseball team as captains. According to excerpts from the interview, interviewer Brian Kilmeade mentioned that DeSantis had mentioned Bush Sr. as someone he looked up to and questioned Bush about how DeSantis, in his opinion, handled critiques at the beginning of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
“He was aware that they were trying to set him up.” Bush praised DeSantis’s overall handling of multiple problems and added, “And he smacked him in the nose.”
“He definitely gets an A,” Bush added, referring to the governor’s handling of Hurricane Ian.
Bush, who Trump referred to as “Low Energy” during the 2016 presidential campaign, said it was “impressive that he could say things like the bridge to Sanibel Island could be built quickly and opened in just ten days.”
DeSantis has not declared his plan to run for president in 2024, but rumors persist. When asked if DeSantis had the chance to seek for higher office, Bush gave his enthusiastic endorsement.
“I believe it is. He has been a very successful governor. He is young. Our politics are about to undergo a generational shift, at least I hope so.” Bush remarked as the voiceover changed to another, who said that DeSantis would be regarded as a “serious contender” should he decide to run in 2024. “I think it’s time for a more forward-looking future-oriented conversation or politics as well.”
“And who better to do it than someone who has managed to rule successfully outside of Washington and who, in my opinion, has demonstrated that Florida might serve as a role model for the future of our nation?”
Bush’s endorsement of DeSantis for president in 2024 comes before the Florida governor officially announces his desire to run for the office.
But former President Donald Trump has attacked DeSantis, saying the governor and his backers are globalists and accused him of playing games. Given that Bush is an establishment Republican, receiving Bush’s endorsement is likely to drive many MAGA Republicans who have similar worries or unresolved questions about these issues further away from the prospective candidate.
DeSantis, on the other hand, has faced inquiries about the “civil war” that existed between him and the former president but has refrained from attacking Trump.
DeSantis claimed in November that “the election had just been completed. People should simply take a moment to calm down about some of this.”
He has continued to answer inquiries on this subject while remaining uncritical of Trump.
“All I’d want to say is that I get out of bed.” DeSantis pointed to his track record in Florida when he told reporters weeks ago, “I have people attacking me from all aspects.”
Trump continues to dominate possible rivals for the 2024 presidency, including DeSantis, by double digits in every new poll.