Republican Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) has publicly endorsed President Donald Trump for the GOP 2024 nomination just minutes after leaving a meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in Washington D.C.
The endorsement deals a huge blow to the Florida governor’s chances in 2024, should he decide to run.
Trump has pulled in 46 endorsements from House Republicans, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
He also has been endorsed by 9 U.S. Senators including Sens. J.D Vance (R-OH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Shortly after meeting with DeSantis, Gooden’s office put out a statemnt that said: “Today, after careful consideration and a positive meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis, Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX) announces his endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for the 2024 presidential election.
“While Congressman Gooden has great respect for Governor DeSantis and his accomplishments in Florida, he firmly believes President Trump’s proven track record and commitment to putting America first make him the best candidate in 2024.”
Gooden also issued the following statement: “I met with Governor DeSantis, and while he has done commendable work in Florida, there is no doubt in my mind that President Trump is the only leader who can save America from the leftist onslaught we are currently facing.
“President Trump is a tireless fighter, a champion of American jobs, a guardian of our economy, and a bulwark against the relentless invasion of our borders by illegal immigrants.
“He unyieldingly supported our military and veterans and bravely stood up to the dangerous socialist agenda propagated by the radical left.
“I wholeheartedly endorse President Donald J. Trump for the 2024 presidential election and vow to fight alongside him to reclaim our country from the leftist forces that threaten to destroy it.
“Together, we will ensure a prosperous and secure future for our great nation.”
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— Juliegrace Brufke (@juliegraceb) April 18, 2023
🚨Just in: Lance Gooden has officially endorsed Donald Trump for President in 2024. Lance has become the 14th Texas Representative to officially endorse Trump. @Lancegooden pic.twitter.com/VrTR8emokd
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) April 18, 2023
Lance Gooden Endorses Trump After Meeting With DeSantis https://t.co/KnL00dDJP5
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) April 19, 2023
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