Sen. Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, reportedly stated on Sunday that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, has earned the right to be “at the head of the class” as a potential candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party in 2024.
DeSantis has not yet confirmed that he will run in the Republican primary alongside the former president, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
However, he has stated that he will decide whether or not to enter the race after the conclusion of the current legislative session in Florida in May.
“Gov. DeSantis … has certainly earned the right to be at the head of the class … not just through his political rhetoric, but through his successful governing of a very large state. We’ve seen him around the stump a little more now doing the things that potential presidential candidates do.” Cramer said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Cramer on Sunday included former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Senator Tim Scott on his list of additional “excellent” possible contenders for the White House role held by the Republican Party (R-S.C.).
“At the end of the day, what is most important for primary voters to think about is not just who they love the most but who can win for the country and who can win for the party because we’re in desperate need of some new leadership.” Cramer concluded.
Cramer’s remarks come as former President Trump has continued to launch numerous verbal assaults on DeSantis, whom he appears to view as his main rival for the 2024 GOP nomination.