Ron DeSantis Faces First Test In Key State 

( Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made his first appearance in Iowa last Friday in what was seen as an overture to a likely run for the Republican nomination in 2024, CNN reported. 

At a stop at the River City Casino Resort in Davenport, DeSantis appeared with Iowa’s popular Republican Governor Kim Reynolds where he told the standing-room-only crowd that he tells Florida legislators to “watch Iowa” and make sure they don’t “get ahead” of Florida. 

Without mentioning his potential 2024 rival Donald Trump by name, the Florida governor boasted that his administration lacks “drama” and “palace intrigue.” He said his staffers “sit back” and ask what Governor DeSantis wants to do next, then “we roll out and we execute.” 

And while DeSantis did not address questions about whether he is running in 2024, Governor Reynolds offered a hint when she told the crowd that DeSantis “is just getting warmed up.” 

According to CNN, the crowd for the Davenport event began lining up at 6:00 am to see the popular Republican governor, and after his remarks, DeSantis stuck around to sign copies of his new book, “The Courage To Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival.” 

DeSantis and Reynolds then traveled to the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines where the Florida governor received his biggest applause when he talked about Florida’s fight to protect the rights of parents in education, saying parents should send their children to school “without having somebody’s agenda shoved down their throat.” 

In addition to the events in Davenport and Des Moines, Governor DeSantis also had several meetings with Iowa Republican leaders, including a group of Republican state legislators, CNN reported. 

Additionally, CNN reported that advisors for DeSantis have been speaking to several Iowa Republican operatives to gauge their possible interest in joining his team in the state. 

On Sunday, Governor DeSantis released a video on Twitter, thanking Iowa for hosting him: