Who is Florida’s better candidate for president? The governor or the mayor?

As Gov. Ron DeSantis grapples with the reality of being a national candidate for president, a “wave” is rising from South Florida where another 2024 contender is turning heads.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says he’s ready to lead a victory movement in the Republican Party rather than wait for one to appear.

Suarez was elected as mayor in 2017 with 86 percent of the vote and re-elected in 2021 with an overwhelming 79 percent of the vote, and announced his run for the GOP nomination in June. The 45-year-old son of Miami’s first Cuban-born mayor spoke to Republicans who have been “waiting on the wave” in a campaign ad released Thursday.

“We Republicans have been sitting out here waiting on the wave for a long time,” he said in the video ad while floating in Florida’s ocean waters.

“We need to stop waiting and start building our own wave. If we want to win in places like Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, we need to win Hispanic votes, ” Suarez continued, adding that the way to victory in states like New Hampshire and Wisconsin is for the GOP to “win back suburban women voters.”

“If we want a wave, then let’s build one—otherwise, we’re gonna be sitting out here forever,” Suarez concluded.

The 2024 hopeful has been inching up in his polling averages as he presents a fresh face for the Republican Party and the White House. His background and fiscally conservative policies have positively impacted the city where he was born and that he represents. The married father of two has been unwavering in his pro-America stance and has benefitted from his personal journey as the son of immigrants who fled the oppressive communist regime in Cuba for America’s freedom.

According to his campaign website, under Suarez’s leadership Miami “boasts an unrivaled 1.4% unemployment rate, the nation’s lowest, and has achieved the city’s lowest tax rate since the ’60s.” His tough-on-crime approach along with his finance and legal background have made Suarez an attractive alternative candidate in Florida where the highly popular governor has recently experienced some hiccups in his White House race.

“DeSantis has slipped into third place in the race to be the GOP’s 2024 presidential nominee according to a new poll,” Newsweek reported Friday.

And while Suarez is working to get his name out there, he announced this week that he had reached the donor requirement for joining the party’s first presidential debate.

His passion to make Miami a hub for the cryptocurrency industry has led to some bold moves by the mayor who once served on the Miami City Commission. After winning reelection as mayor, Suarez announced that he would be receiving 100% of his salary in bitcoin, explaining that it would “send a message to the world that we are going to be one of the most innovative governments and innovative cities on the planet.”

With DeSantis facing some real challenges to his presidential bid amid former President Donald Trump’s commanding lead, Suarez is grabbing attention in and out of the Sunshine State.

“Francis Suarez can be POTUS one day. It is up to the voters when that day is,” Kellyanne Conway, who was Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, recently told Politico. “I’ve not been shy about telling President Trump that Suarez should be on the short short list for VP should Trump be the nominee.”



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