Elon Musk says he already has a Republican for 2024

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Elon Musk says he already has a Republican for 2024

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has been vocal about his political views, ranging from a largely middle of the road voter to one inclined toward the Republican Party.

Musk has teased that he already has a Republican in mind for the 2024 presidential election, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

On Wednesday, Musk announced that he would cast his first vote for a Republican candidate for Congress by backing Texas congressional candidate Mayra Flores, who came out on top in a district traditionally held by Democrats. Soon after that, Musk was asked by a Twitter user if he felt this prediction carried over to the 2024 presidential election, which Musk initially denurred. Musk responded simply with DeSantis when asked if he had a candidate in mind. The Florida governor has been a rising star within the Republican Party, an aggressive wager on culture wars and a fervent opponent of Democratic President Joe Biden. He has scored well in many straw polls as a 2024 contender, even beating former President Donald Trump in some surveys.

DeSantis has not publicly committed to running for the presidency, but he has not ruled it out. Political operatives and donors have been quietly preparing for the possibility that the governor will make a bid for the White House.

Musk s drift towards the Republican Party follows his mounting public criticisms of the Democratic Party.

Musk said that the Democratic Party has grown into a party of division hate. He has also lampooned its economic policies, arguing that the party was controlled by unions and dismissive of its attempt to tax billionaires like himself. Last year, Musk jousted and ridiculed Democratic senators online amid negotiations over President Biden's stalled Build Back Better agenda.

Musk has also been critical of Biden, who he said last month hasn't done much. Musk has been groused about the president's refusal to acknowledge Tesla in favor of legacy automakers when he talks about advances in electric car manufacturing.

Musk has made clear that he leans closer to moderate politicians and he has praised his support for former President Barack Obama during his re-election bid in 2012.

He was asked if he would donate to members of both parties during the exchange where Musk said he would possibly back DeSantis in 2024. Musk said that may also be the same.

Musk wrote on Twitter that he's thinking of creating a super moderaterate super PAC that supports candidates with centrist views from all parties.