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Ron DeSantis will launch presidential bid during Twitter chat with Elon Musk

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce his presidential bid during a discussion with Twitter owner Elon Musk, a spokesperson for DeSantis’s political team confirmed. NBC News first reported the pending announcement. Musk and DeSantis, a Republican, will appear in an event on Twitter Spaces, the site’s platform for audio chats, on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce his presidential bid during a discussion with Twitter owner Elon Musk, a spokesperson for DeSantis’s political team confirmed.

NBC News first reported the pending announcement. Musk and DeSantis, a Republican, will appear in an event on Twitter Spaces, the site’s platform for audio chats, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern time. The event will be moderated by David Sacks — a tech entrepreneur, Musk confidant and DeSantis supporter — according to NBC.  

Musk, speaking to the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit in London, said the Florida governor will have “quite an announcement” on Twitter on Wednesday, adding that the event will not be scripted.

“Let’s see what happens,” Musk said, adding that he wasn’t planning to endorse particular candidates. (Last November, ahead of the midterm elections, Musk made a public case that independent-minded voters should cast their ballots for Republicans.)

Musk said it was important for Twitter, which he bought in October for $44 billion, to be “a level playing field, and a place where all voices are heard.” He said that, like most Americans, he’d like to see “someone fairly normal” as the future president, to laughs from the audience, but shied away from naming any names when asked.

Nearly a year ago, Musk said he supported former longshot Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang in the last presidential election, but added, “DeSantis has a better chance of winning.”

In addition to his role at Twitter — where a new CEO, Linda Yaccarino, was named this month — Musk is the chief executive of Tesla TSLA, -1.59% and SpaceX, alongside his role at the Boring Co., which Musk founded in 2016.

On Wednesday evening, DeSantis’s campaign will release a launch video, and DeSantis will begin visiting several early states after Memorial Day, the NBC report indicated.  

Read on: Elon Musk says advertisers have returned to Twitter

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