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Launch Glitches Aside, DeSantis Aims to Make Generational Change Centerpiece of White House Bid

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By By Addison Smith, Just the News

05-24-23

Ron DeSantis officially launched his campaign for president Wednesday night, in a highly anticipated move marred by technical glitches on Twitter. The early bumps aside, Florida governor is poised to make generational change a centerpiece of his White House bid.

“The tired dogmas of the past are inadequate for a vibrant future. We must look forward, not backwards,” he declared.

DeSantis announced his campaign on Elon Musk’s Twitter, which conservative commentator Guy Benson described as a calculated move showcasing his campaign as culture war-oriented.

“It’s a base signal,” Benson wrote in a Townhall analysis, explaining how the Right is “livid with Big Tech” and views Musk as a free speech “champion” for taking an influential platform away from the Left.

Benson’s analysis is debatable, but DeSantis has clearly used his fights in culture wars – including those over COVID masks and transgender-ism – to burnish his political brand. 

Musk himself appeared to understand this, calling DeSantis’ Twitter Space announcement a “smart move” and arguing that any candidate who announces on Twitter will get the highest possible audience because of the platform’s growing popularity.

The Twitter launch didn’t go as expected as the session was interrupted by significant technical problems. But the effort nonetheless signaled DeSantis’ aspiration to move the GOP beyond the Baby Boomer generation that has dominated its politics for decades. 

Investment firm owner and GOP mega-donor Hal Lambert in endorsing DeSantis told Fox News that it’s “time for the Republican Party to move on to the next generation” of leaders.

Read the full story here: Launch glitches aside, DeSantis aims to make generational change centerpiece of White House bid | Just The News

 
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