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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 scientist who accused state of manipulating coronavirus data tests positive for COVID-19, turns herself in Overnight Health Care: Testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing | Health workers refusing vaccine is growing problem | Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February COVID-19 testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing 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 TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds 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.