Major Evangelical Leader Endorses DeSantis for President

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Tuesday evening, the President and Chief Executive Officer of The FAMiLY Leader, Bob Vander Plaats, declared his support for the presidential campaign of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The remarks were made by Vander Plaats, whose endorsements carried the state in 2008, 2012, and 2016, in an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News’ “Special Report.”

Vander Plaats stated that the DeSantis family visits individuals in their residences and places of business and attends church with him in Iowa.

“I’m thrilled to throw my personal endorsement and support behind Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. We need to find somebody who can win in 2024 and what we saw in 2022, the supposedly ‘red wave’ really only happened in Florida and in Iowa.” Vander Plaats said.

“Governor DeSantis took a reliable toss-up state in Florida and made it complete red, won by 20 points, won in demographics that we haven’t won in. But he’s also done that by being a bold and courageous leader. So right away, it was kind of his endorsement to lose.” he continued.

He further stated that he believes the Republican primary continues to be a one-man contest between DeSantis and Trump, and that all other candidates must withdraw in order to leave those two in the race.

A couple of weeks prior to Vander Plaats’ endorsement, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds also endorsed DeSantis for president; this is the first time in over three decades that a governor of the state has endorsed a candidate in the primary elections.

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