Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ will file to run for president on Wednesday and is set to announce his candidacy during a conversation with Elon Musk on Twitter. The interview is set to take place on Twitter Spaces at 6 p.m. ET and will be moderated by David Sacks. The DeSantis team will also release a launch video the same evening.  DeSantis entering the race will send shockwaves across the political world and he plans to capitalize on that energy by hosting a high dollar 24 hour fundraising event at the Four Seasons Resort in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday. His official kickoff event will then be days later at a local baseball field in his hometown of Dunedin, Florida.

To listen into the conversation between DeSantis and Musk Twitter users can go to either of their profiles or click on the microphone icon in the bottom panel of the Twitter app.

According to NBC:

The relationship could be a significant boost for DeSantis by giving him an introduction to, and credibility with, Musk’s massive following — including his 140 million Twitter followers. But it could prove a burden should DeSantis become distracted by the tycoon’s many controversial comments.

The launch will closely tie together the billionaire tech mogul with one of the Republican Party’s rising stars. Musk has been an admirer of DeSantis, who also regularly chides corporate media. Last year, Musk said he would support the governor if he were to run for president.

The announcement will coincide with a retreat for high-end fundraisers pledged to support DeSantis in Miami. Bundlers will gather at the Four Seasons hotel from May 24-26, receiving briefings from campaign staff, combined with time to call around to raise money for the campaign.

The DeSantis team has been in talks with Musk for at least the last few weeks, according to a source familiar with the discussions. In those conversations, the source said, Musk has indicated he doesn’t think former President Donald Trump can win back the White House. “He’s interested in the future, and he’s interested in winning again,” the person said. It’s not clear if Musk will formally endorse DeSantis on Wednesday, but another source said that within DeSantis’ team, his participation is viewed as a clear sign of support for the governor.

The response to the Florida governor’s launch will be telling to how strong of a force he will be in the coming primary. If he makes major noise and receives endorsements from big names then expect DeSantis to be a serious contender in 2024.

 

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