During a speech in Kansas on Sunday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made it quite clear that he intended to take advantage of the recent surge of media coverage that has come as a result of his decision to transfer migrants to Massachusetts last week.
The response DeSantis received in Kansas confirmed the idea that last week’s ruse achieved more than just bringing attention to the border situation and diverting migrants who would have landed up in Florida (though none said that was their destination). Additionally, it quickly catapulted the Republican leader up for reelection this autumn into the national limelight as he considers a 2024 presidential candidacy.
A few hours later, DeSantis announced that the nation’s immigration policy would be “on the ballot” in November.
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As part of a tour organized by the conservative organization Turning Point Action, Ron DeSantis held rallies in Kansas and Wisconsin, marking the fifth and sixth stops in a nationwide campaign blitz to support a new generation of conservative candidates and gauge the strength of his political brand.
Ron DeSantis’ road trip is similar to the state-by-state protests that recently departed President Donald Trump is holding in competitive states before the midterm elections and his anticipated entry into a second White House run. It has also led to a potential primary contest between the two most prominent figures in the GOP. Trump addressed a rally for J.D. Vance, a Republican candidate for the Senate, on Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio, the same city where DeSantis wowed a huge audience earlier this month. DeSantis made a 90-minute drive north of where Trump campaigned for Tim Michels in August from Olathe, Kansas, to Green Bay to support Michels.
Republicans have praised DeSantis’ stance on immigration and given him support, and others have projected that it would benefit DeSantis politically.