Amid 2024 speculation, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) spoke to Pennsylvania Republicans as the group's keynote speaker in downtown Pittsburgh, hinting at what could be his plans for the future.
"I can tell you this: In the state of Florida, with me as governor, I have only begun to fight," said DeSantis to a cheering crowd of around 750 people at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County's annual dinner for Lincoln Day.
DeSantis has roots in the region. His father grew up in Aliquippa and his mother is a native of Youngstown, WESA reported. Pennsylvania is suspected to play a critical role in deciding the 2024 presidential election.
According to the Daily Wire, a pastor said grace over the meal and hinted to the crowd that DeSantis could make a great president one day. This also drew cheers from all in attendance at the gathering.
DeSantis has become somewhat of a rising star in his party, because of his willingness to stand up to liberal opponents on key issues, like lifting all lockdown measures in Florida and making the so-called "vaccine passports" illegal.
"All I can say to any state that has not followed suit: Open your state, open your schools, end these mask mandates, let people live and thrive. When it came right down to it, we chose freedom over Fauci-ism," commented DeSantis on the matter during the dinner speech on Thursday.
DeSantis also touched on his struggles against "woke" corporations, discussed new legislation on Big Tech censorship, and spoke out against CRT, or Critical Race Theory, in public institutions, especially institutions of education.