(ConservativeSense.com) – After skipping the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to headline the 50th leadership summit of the Heritage Foundation in April.
DeSantis will deliver a “major policy speech” on April 21, at the conclusion of the two-day summit in National Harbor, Maryland, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Earlier this month, DeSantis skipped out on CPAC to attend the annual Club for Groth conference in his home state. CPAC was headlined by former President Donald Trump, who headlines the Heritage summit last year.
Although DeSantis still hasn’t officially launched a 2024 presidential campaign, he’s dropped multiple hints and many pundits expect him to do so. He’s also become the most prospective challenger to Trump for the Republican nomination, which Trump himself seems to realize as he’s been consistently attacking the Florida governor on social media and in speeches while campaigning.
Trump was the first to launch his bid for the White House in November. Since then, a few others jumped in the race, including former North Carolina governor and former UN Ambassador under Trump, Nikki Haley.
The Heritage Foundation announced DeSantis as the headliner in a statement, where the president of the foundation, Kevin Roberts, said that “conservatives are craving a bold and visionary leader who gets things done” citing DeSantis as an example of such a leader based on his accomplishments as governor of Florida.
Roberts stated that the foundation recognized the state “as the top state in America for parental flights and school choice, largely because of Gov. DeSantis’s leadership” and that DeSantis is “unafraid to take on woke and powerful corporate interests.”
The summit will include various events and speeches by conservative leaders, members of Congress, and media commentators, including a welcome reception hosted by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin as well as a gala featuring Tucker Carlson.
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