Governors from 37 states and territories arrived at the White House on Friday to meet with President Joe Biden. The governors belonged to both parties and were focused on discussing the nation’s economy.
However, one well-known Republican governor skipped the event which provided governors the rare opportunity to meet with the President. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not attend the event which would have allowed him to meet with his potential opponent in the 2024 presidential election if they both decide to launch campaigns for 2024. So far, neither one has announced that they would be running in 2024, still, Biden and his administration have frequently noted that the President is fully intent on running in 2024.
According to most recent polls, DeSantis is overtaking former President Donald Trump as the key competitor that the Democrats will need to beat in the 2024 election. DeSantis had a large victory during his reelection campaign in the 2022 midterm election and was called by state Sen. Lauren Book of Florida, the chamber’s Democratic leader “the 900-pound gorilla in the room,” said.
Jose Parra, another Democratic strategist from Florida, has called DeSantis the biggest threat that Biden has to face. He added that this was obvious from the DNC’s emails and letters which are constantly focused on attacking DeSantis and not Trump. He added that DeSantis is a “much better package: more polished and disciplined,” all of which ends up making him a bigger danger.