Roger Stone said he'll run for Florida governor just to draw votes away from Ron DeSantis unless the governor pledges not to run for president in 2024

Roger Stone asks Gov. Ron DeSantis must promise not to run for President if he is elected.
Stone stated that DeSantis will run for Florida governor if he doesn't make a decision.

DeSantis stated that he will run for reelection in 2022, and dismissed any talk of a 2024 White House bid.

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Roger Stone, an old ally of President Donald Trump, stated that he would run for Governor of Florida to steal votes from the governor. Ron DeSantis, unless DeSantis agrees to not run for president in 2024.

"I believe that Gov. Stone said Friday that DeSantis should, assuming he is going to run for reelection, promise to Florida the full four-year term. "What I don’t want to see is him being reelected, then abandoning Florida to run for president, especially if he is running against Donald Trump."

DeSantis was elected governor of Florida in 2018. He is running for reelection to that office in 2022. Although he has stated that he is running for reelection in 2018, the Republican star has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2024. This is especially important if Trump is not in the race.

DeSantis stated in September that any speculation that he will run for president in 2024 was "purely manufactured".

Trump has not yet officially announced his 2024 candidacy, but he has teased the possibility, telling supporters that he's going to be "very happy with" his decision.

Stone stated to CBS' Jim DeFede that he believes DeSantis should be reelected as governor and not run for president, even if Trump does not.

He said, "I don't believe Florida should be used as a stepping stone for the president for anyone."

Stone stated that he would not run against DeSantis because he believes he can win, but rather because he could run for DeSantis as a Libertarian to draw votes.

He said, "The people who love Ron DeSantis most are of course those who have never met him." "I don’t believe that I would need to get many votes in order to change the outcome of this race."

Stone threatened to run against DeSantis in the future if he didn't audit the 2020 Florida election, which Trump won.

"If Gov. "If Ron DeSantis doesn't order a full audit on the Florida 2020 vote I may have to run for the Libertarian Party nomination as governor in 2022. Stone posted on Sunday that Ron can say goodbye to his arrogant Yalie. #DefendFlorida."

Stone was convicted in 2019 of seven felonies, including witness tampering and making false statements to FBI. Trump commuted Stone's sentence in 2020.