Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida is currently in Japan, promoting his state’s economic ties with the Asian nation.
But as he takes the world stage, he is also under fire for his perceived lack of appeal among Republican voters, especially compared to former President Donald Trump.
According to recent polls, President Trump holds a 14-point advantage over Governor DeSantis among GOP voters. Furthermore, only 41 percent believe that DeSantis would fare better against President Joe Biden.
Trump also holds a massive 32-point lead among Republicans when it comes to being perceived as a “strong leader.”
This has led many in the Republican party to wonder if DeSantis has what it takes to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2024.
Although he gained national notoriety for his opposition to lockdown measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting Florida as open for business and leisure at a time when most Americans were living under restrictions on travel and gathering, he has faced a tough challenge from President Trump’s loyal base of supporters.
However, DeSantis is not the only one vying for the Republican nomination. Former ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, businessmen Perry Johnson and Vivek Ramaswamy, and conservative radio host Larry Elder are all considering entering the race.
Additionally, former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Governor and onetime Trump ally Chris Christie are also weighing their options.
Given President Biden’s high unfavorable rating of 57 percent, Republicans are eager to find their best candidate to take him on in 2024.
The race is wide open, and anything can happen between now and then. But one thing is for sure: Republicans need a strong leader who can energize the party and defeat Joe Biden in the next presidential election.