Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is reportedly set to announce his presidential bid during a discussion with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, according to sources familiar with the plans. The announcement will take place on Twitter Spaces, the platform’s audio chat feature, and will be moderated by tech entrepreneur David Sacks, a confidant of Musk and a supporter of DeSantis.
The timing of the announcement is significant, as it coincides with a retreat in Miami for high-end fundraisers who have pledged their support to DeSantis. The retreat will provide an opportunity for campaign staff to brief the fundraisers and engage in fundraising activities.
The collaboration between DeSantis and Musk is seen as a potential boost for the governor, as it would introduce him to Musk’s extensive following, including his 140 million Twitter followers. However, it also carries the risk of being associated with Musk’s controversial statements, which could distract from DeSantis’ campaign.
While it remains unclear whether Musk will formally endorse DeSantis, his participation in the announcement is regarded within DeSantis’ team as a sign of support. Nevertheless, Musk’s unpredictable nature was evident when he recently praised an ad by Senator Tim Scott, one of DeSantis’ rivals for the Republican nomination.
The involvement of Musk and his company, Tesla, in a presidential election represents a notable departure from other tech companies, such as Twitter and Facebook, which have maintained a certain distance from endorsing specific candidates despite their efforts in launching election hubs and voter registration initiatives.
As of now, there has been no response from Musk, Sacks, or the DeSantis campaign regarding these reports.