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Social media erupted with comments about Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis who appears to have slimmed down and improved his physical health significantly.
Many Americans are speculating that he has been preparing to enter the 2024 presidential race. “Sign of an imminent presidential campaign?” one person asked.
Great to visit with Gov. DeSantis this evening, who has demonstrated that there is a hunger for true courageous conservative leadership! pic.twitter.com/gCCtl2OUjH
— Bob Good for Congress (@GoodForCongress) February 11, 2023
“I just read that he lost 15-20 lbs,” one person commented.
Jason Howerton commented that the weight loss would avoid the issue from becoming a punchline in hypothetical political debates.
44-year-old DeSantis has not offered any indication about whether he’ll run.
Holy cow, @GovRonDeSantis looks FIT and ready for combat. Not sure how much weight he’s lost, but his health/appearance is not going to be one of Trump’s punchlines in the debates. pic.twitter.com/LeQLh0mxFx
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 6, 2023
“DeSantis looks fit and ready for combat,” Howerton added.
I saw him speak in AZ less than a year ago and he looks like he’s lost 50+ pounds. Good for him!
— Parker Perlmutter (@parkerperl17) March 6, 2023
Over 2,000 conservatives appearing at the annual CPAC conference picked their favorite potential 2024 Republican Party nominee — and Donald Trump won by a landslide.Trump received 62 percent of the vote. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in 2nd place after Trump with 20 percent of the vote.
Something else caught everyone’s eye: Kari Lake emerged as the leading favorite for Trump’s potential vice presidential pick. She received 20 percent of the vote.
BREAKING: Out of 30 contenders, @KariLake wins @CPAC straw poll for Vice President.
We’re flattered, but unfortunately our legal team says the Constitution won’t allow for her to serve as Governor and VP at the same time. pic.twitter.com/gFV3z3wtxB
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) March 4, 2023
DeSantis came in second as the choice for vice president of 14 percent of the vote.
DeSantis hasn’t announced whether he is running and he did not attend the CPAC conference.
Kari Lake recently lost as the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona. She is fighting in Arizona’s Supreme Court over the results of the November election.
Trump is officially back, dominates CPAC straw poll and delivers RED HOT speech: ‘I am your retribution’ https://t.co/6AjReRiIBS pic.twitter.com/mIgAcJ84Fb
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 5, 2023
Lake has been a vocal Trump supporter and has successfully exposed the recent failures of the voting machines in Arizona’s largest county.
Last week, somebody came to her house and tried to buy @KariLake out of politics.
But @KariLake can't be bought.
"There is no price that I would sell out my country for." pic.twitter.com/QGIccw1gLC
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) March 4, 2023