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The governor of Iowa officially endorses DeSantis during the meeting in Des Moines

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) endorsed GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis at a rally in Des Moines on Monday evening.

“But if we don’t get this next election right, if we don’t make the right choice, we’re not going to get this country back,” Reynolds said. at a meeting for DeSantis in Des Moines. “So we must do everything we can to make the right choice. Not only do we need to make sure we elect someone who can win and beat Joe Biden, we also need a president who has the skill and determination to reverse the madness we see every day.”

“We need someone to fight for you and win for you. We need someone who will not be distracted but will remain disciplined, who will put this country first and not himself. That leader, that leader, that leader is Ron DeSantis,” she continued.

NBC News first reported plans for the approval last week.

Reynolds credited DeSantis for his treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida as one of the reasons for her support.

“When the liberals and the media came after him, he stuck to his guns. When the Trump administration let Fauci lead their response, Ron had the courage to say, “Not in Florida,” she said.

She also praised the Florida governor as “one of the most effective leaders” she has ever seen.

Reynolds had previously pledged to remain neutral during the 2024 Republican primaries, but has been repeatedly targeted by former President Trump for doing so. She had previously appeared on the campaign trail with DeSantis and his wife, Casey, over the summer.

Ahead of the expected announcement, Trump targeted the Iowa governor for being “disloyal.” He predicted that her decision to support him would be “the end of her political career,” adding that “MAGA would never support her again.”

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