DeSantis rules out 2024 White House run: 'Total garbage'

 DeSantis rules out 2024 White House run: 'Total garbage'
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida health official suspended amid investigation into vaccines for state employees George Conway: DeSantis plans for new police force to monitor elections 'just pathetic' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote MORE (R) dismissed speculation that he has his eyes set on a White House run in 2024, while hinting that he plans on running for reelection in the Sunshine State.

“Any political stuff that you hear along those lines—that is total garbage,” DeSantis told Politico, referring to speculation of his White House aspirations. “It’s not coming from me. I’m just doing a day at a time.” 

The first-term governor added that it was safe to assume that he would be running for reelection to remain Florida's governor.

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“I’m planning that, I haven’t announced yet, but I think it’s a safe assumption that I will do it," DeSantis said.

After serving in the House for three terms, DeSantis was elected governor in 2018, propelled by an endorsement from President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE. However, like the president, DeSantis has seen his popularity among Floridians nosedive amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite Florida becoming the epicenter of the virus in the U.S., DeSantis has refused to issue a statewide mask mandate like other GOP governors have done. He has also supported the Trump administration's push to have schools reopen for in-person instruction in the coming weeks.

State health officials reported 5,886 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and 276 new deaths. Overall, Florida has had 542,792 confirmed cases during the pandemic with 8,553 deaths.