(DailyVantage.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who still hasn’t launched a presidential bid despite doing several TV interviews and visiting key battleground states, is slated to speak at a Republican fundraiser in Iowa next month.
The fundraiser, called the “Feenstra Family Picnic,” will be hosted by Representative Randy Feenstra (R-IA), who represents the Hawkeye State’s 4th congressional district.
Feenstra defeated embattled incumbent Steve King (R-IA) after King came under fire for making controversial remarks during a phone call with a reporter from the New York Times. In contrast with King, Feenstra was a safe bet for establishment types.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, DeSantis called Feenstra a “strong conservative with a record of delivering results.”.
DeSantis also went on to say that “in Iowa, like Florida, freedom is valued, parents’ rights are protected, and faith comes first.”
This, however, will not be DeSantis’s first time visiting the Hawkeye State this year. Back in March, the Florida governor appeared at a rally in Des Moines, alongside the state’s governor, Kim Reynolds (R-IA). While there, he promoted his new book, The Courage to Be Free, and promoted the Florida model as a blueprint for the rest of the country.
DeSantis’s announcement that he will be at Representative Feenstra’s fundraiser next month further fuels speculation that he is sizing up a presidential bid.
The 44-year-old governor, though, has seen a noticeable decline in his poll numbers. In poll after poll, former President Donald Trump appears to be growing his lead over DeSantis.
The good news for DeSantis, however, is that he looks to be the only viable competitor to Trump. All other candidates are fledglings in the polls. So, while Trump asserts his dominance over the GOP field, it would be premature to count DeSantis out, especially considering he hasn’t announced a run yet.
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