DeSantis Says He’s ‘All The Way’ Into 2024 Presidential Race

In a recent interview on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rejected the idea that he should drop out of the 2024 presidential race as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gains momentum in the polls.

Host Neil Cavuto began the conversation by highlighting Haley’s recent surge in popularity, particularly in Iowa, where she is now tied with DeSantis after her stance amid the Israel-Hamas tensions is breathing some life into her campaign. 

“Nikki Haley has emerged as a strong polling favorite. She’s tied with you in Iowa, and that has come really following her very tough talk of not only supporting Israel and Ukraine but backing them both up with the money they need and not debating the issue. Now, do you fear you’re kind of threading the needle on this is hurting you, that she’s clear, you’re not, she’s gaining, you’re not? She’s seen as an acceptable number two to Donald Trump. You’re not,” he said.

DeSantis responded, emphasizing his firm stance on Israel, particularly his position against accepting Gaza refugees. According to him, he has been “much clearer on Israel.”

“You know, she said that America has been able to separate terrorists from freedom fighters. And that’s what we have to do now. She backtracked on that. But I’ve been very clear, no refugees,” he stated.

Cavuto then delved into the question of whether DeSantis still holds the mantle of being an alternative to Trump, given Haley’s surge. But the Florida governor remained resolute, asserting that he is confident in his standing and plans to stay in the race until the end. 

While he expressed respect for former Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to step aside and narrow the field to two or three viable candidates, he affirmed his commitment to the race, stating, “I’m in it all the way so you’re going to be seeing a lot of me.”

When Cavuto asked if he would consider dropping out if his poll numbers decline, especially in the face of a stronger Nikki Haley, DeSantis made it clear that the polls do not dictate his determination. He reaffirmed his commitment to winning Iowa, a pivotal state in the presidential race.

Meanwhile, the Republican field has witnessed the departure of five hopefuls, including Vice President Mike Pence and political commentator Larry Elder, on Oct. 28 and 26, respectively. Their withdrawal from the race follows earlier exits by Michigan businessman Perry Johnson, former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.