DeSantis Kicks Off Primary Campaign with Stop in All-Important Iowa

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In order to highlight his position as the most formidable Republican opponent to the former President Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis reportedly plans to launch his presidential campaign in Iowa on Tuesday.

This marks the beginning of a hectic week that will take him to 12 cities in three states.

A megachurch in a Des Moines suburb serves as the starting point of the Florida governor’s two-day visit, which ends at a racetrack in Cedar Rapids.

The fact that DeSantis will be visiting Eternity Church in Clive on Tuesday night is a clear reference to the evangelical Christians who are disproportionately influential in Iowa’s Republican presidential primary.

Voters will have the opportunity to meet the new candidate during his visit, which coincides with his intensifying criticism of Trump.

During a series of interviews with the media last week, DeSantis shifted from oblique jabs to direct questioning of the former president’s conservative credentials, particularly his management of the coronavirus pandemic and his record on criminal justice.

Trump signed a bipartisan measure in 2018 that reduced mandatory minimum federal prison sentences and created a pathway for non-violent offenders to reduce their prison time.

DeSantis referred to this legislation as a “jailbreak bill.”

DeSantis announced his candidacy on May 24 during an online conversation with Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter.

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