The next Republican presidential nomination race is shaping up, and there are already several potential candidates who are gearing up for the challenge. However, one name who has been mentioned as a potential contender has taken his hat out of the ring.
Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State under President Donald Trump, recently announced on Fox News that he will not be campaigning for president against his former boss. Pompeo cited deeply personal reasons for his decision not to run, adding that the election should not be about personalities but about policies.
Pompeo expressed concern about America’s military edge and the government’s spending habits. He also said that he was looking for a candidate who prioritizes national security and working families, adding that he would endorse them once he finds out who that person is.
On the other hand, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis seems to be taking steps to prepare for a possible presidential run. According to the Q1 2023 expenditure report of the Florida Republican Party, about two dozen campaign employees for DeSantis’ 2022 campaign are currently being paid by the party.
Although DeSantis has been evasive about his presidential aspirations, his actions tell a different story. The state GOP’s filings with Secretary of State Cord Byrd’s office show that the party has paid 24 current or former employees of DeSantis’ campaign, including Christina Pushaw, his former gubernatorial press secretary.
All told, and despite not directly confronting front-runner former President Donald Trump, DeSantis seems to be taking steps to prepare for a possible presidential run, the Daily Caller reports.
The Florida GOP’s hiring of speechwriter Nate Hochman and former DeSantis congressional aide Dustin Carmack was already known, but the wider staffing approach of the DeSantis team had not been reported before.
It remains to be seen whether Trump or DeSantis will be the Republican nominee, but the race is already heating up. What’s clear is that the GOP needs a candidate who can clearly articulate their vision for America’s future, someone, who can offer real solutions to the problems that plague the nation.