With the 2022 midterm elections coming up and the top presidential contenders beginning their campaigns next year, speculation about the 2024 Republican nominee will only intensify.
If former President Donald Trump is the nominee, I will vote for him. However, my top choice is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Here are four reasons why.
Although Trump is much more competent than President Joe Biden, he will still be 78 years old by the time the 2024 general election takes place. DeSantis will be 46.
Now is a good time for new blood — and not just in the White House. I think most conservatives would agree that we need new, young leadership in Congress, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is 80 years old.
2. Conservative Voting Record
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DeSantis has a solid voting record. The conservative-libertarian advocacy group FreedomWorks gives him a lifetime score of 90 percent for his tenure in Congress.
Unlike the many moderate GOP governors and members of Congress who cave to the left on a variety of issues, DeSantis has a record of standing on conservative principles. For example, despite the horrendous coronavirus policies pushed by the federal government, he made it a priority to reopen schools and businesses as quickly as possible. DeSantis has also been outspoken against vaccine and mask mandates since the beginning of the pandemic.
We cannot afford to nominate another moderate. Now is the time for a staunch conservative, and DeSantis is the best option that we have.
3. No Baggage from Previous Presidential Campaigns
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I believe that a candidate’s best chance of winning the presidency is on his or her first run. Before Biden, the previous four presidents won on their first attempt: Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Running as a first-time presidential…