Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to announce he’s running for president during discussion with Elon Musk

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce Wednesday that he is running for president during a discussion with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, ABC News confirmed Tuesday.


Bryan Griffin, a spokesman for DeSantis, confirmed the planned announcement Tuesday, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The discussion will be audio-only.

DeSantis will join Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump, who previously announced plans to seek the Republican nomination.

President Joe Biden announced in April that he was seeking reelection.

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Trump spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt provided Channel 9 with the following statement Tuesday in reaction to DeSantis’ announcement:

“This is one of the most out-of-touch campaign launches in modern history. The only thing less relatable than a niche campaign launch on Twitter, is DeSantis’ after party at the uber elite Four Seasons resort in Miami.”

Check back and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 4 for live updates on this breaking news story.

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.