Gov. Ron DeSantis Pledges Support for 2024 Republican Nominee, Including Trump
Excitement is building as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) makes a bold promise to support the 2024 Republican nominee, even if that person happens to be the thrice-indicted former President Donald Trump. This announcement comes as DeSantis gears up for this month’s highly anticipated opening debate.
“See you in Milwaukee!” DeSantis’s campaign tweeted Wednesday with a copy of the Republican National Committee’s pledge.
Disputes and Controversy Surrounding the Pledge
Former Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas have raised concerns about the pledge, although Hutchinson has not qualified for the upcoming debate hosted by Fox News on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The pledge, carefully worded to avoid using the term “endorse,” has sparked debates among politicians. It states:
“I affirm that if I do not win the 2024 Republican nomination for president of the United States, I will honor the will of the primary voters and support the nominee in order to save our country and beat Joe Biden. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
Christie, a vocal critic of Trump, has scrutinized the pledge, drawing attention to the former president’s treatment of a similar pledge in 2015. The Republican National Committee has yet to clarify whether Christie’s stance disqualifies him from participating in the debate.
Requirements for the Debate
In addition to signing the pledge, candidates must meet several other requirements to secure a spot in the debate. These include:
- Having 40,000 unique donors, with at least 200 people from 20 different states or territories
- Attracting 1% support in three national polls or two national surveys and one state poll
Biotechnology entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has already signed the pledge, becoming the first candidate to do so earlier this week.
As the anticipation builds, all eyes are on the upcoming debate, where the future of the Republican Party and its nominee will be discussed and decided.
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