The 2023 CPAC event is being held this week. There is one name shockingly absent from the roster of speakers. That would be none other than Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. I know why DeSantis is not there, and I actually agree with him. DeSantis has been adamant that he is going to be there for Floridians for the new legislative session, which means that if he does announce, it would not be until late May or early June.
Trump is going to be at CPAC, which means if DeSantis were to attend, it would be a face-to-face that he just does not want to deal with right now.
DeSantis also knows the attacks against him by Trump are not really working in terms of moving support over to Trump.
Trump is gaining in polls because more candidates are being added to the roster, which distributes the votes that are not supporting Trump (and we know his supporters will never budge).
I would expect Trump’s speech to include an anti-DeSantis rant, so we will just have to see how that goes over.
Meanwhile, DeSantis has other things in mind.
The Florida Governor is keeping it all positive, stating, “We’re going to sell some books, we’re going to spread the message of Florida.
“And then on March 8, I have our Legislative Session that’s kicking off.”
He added, “You ain’t seen nothing yet. This is going to be the most productive Legislative Session we have had across the board and I think people are going to be really excited … So those are what we’re going to be doing over these next few months as we get beyond that, then we can decide from there.”
DeSantis is going to sit back and let this field grow, then thin out, then make a decision.
The only way he wins this race is if he is head-to-head with Trump, and he knows it.
If DeSantis enters a field of a dozen candidates, he will get about 15 percent and Trump will come in around 30.
If DeSantis goes head-to-head, I think Trump comes in around 35 and DeSantis crushes him with more than 60 percent.
Trump knows this deep in his heart, and it is exactly why he is spitting venom at DeSantis at six in the morning.
Source: The Hill