On Sunday afternoon, Ron DeSantis ended his run for the White House. Once an early frontrunner, the Florida governor suspended his campaign after coming in second in Iowa, a state where he had placed all of his chips.
During his announcement, DeSantis also endorsed former President Donald Trump, saying that although he held “disagreements” with the GOP frontrunner, he believes the former president is a better leader than Biden.
In victory, Trump couldn’t have been more gracious.
The Daily Caller writes:
Following DeSantis’ announcement ending his 2024 presidential campaign, Trump took the stage at a rally in Rochester, New Hampshire and started off his speech by congratulating the Florida governor for having “run a great campaign.” The former president thanked DeSantis for his endorsement, noting that he looked forward to “working” with him in the future.
“Before we begin, I’d like to take time to congratulate Ron DeSantis. And, of course, a really terrific person who I have gotten to know — his wife Casey — for having run a great campaign for president. He ran a really good campaign. I will tell you it’s not easy. They think it’s easy doing this stuff, right? It’s not easy,” Trump stated.
“But as you know, he left the campaign trail today at 3 p.m. and in so doing, he was very gracious and he endorsed me, so I appreciate that. And I also look forward to working with Ron and everybody else to defeat crooked Joe Biden.”
The Trump campaign released a statement Sunday saying they were “honored” by the Florida governor’s endorsement, before calling on “all Republicans to rally behind President Trump.”
DeSantis made his announcement via Twitter, saying, “If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it,” DeSantis said in the video. “But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory.”
“Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign.”
On Tuesday, Trump and his now sole rival, Nikki Haley, will battle it out in New Hampshire, where some polls show a tightening race between the former president and his pick for ambassador to the United Nations.