A New Power is Rising in the Republican Party

At a Colorado conservative gathering on Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis dominated a national poll for 2024 presidential candidates, defeating former President Trump and other prospective leaders.

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Attendees at the Western Conservative Conference voted 71 percent in favor of DeSantis running for the Republican presidential nomination, with Trump receiving 67 percent of the vote.

The national election was held using an “approval” mechanism, which enabled guests to vote for as many candidates as they wanted.

At last year’s Western Conservative Conference, DeSantis defeated Trump in a straw poll for 2024. In 2021, DeSantis earned 74 percent approval, compared to Trump’s 71 percent.

Sen. Ted Cruz received 29 percent of the vote, while former Housing and Urban Development Director Ben Carson received 24 percent.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s communications director and the current Republican contender for governor of Arkansas, took fourth place with 18 percent of the vote.

DeSantis has not announced his candidacy for 2024, but Trump has often intimated he intends to seek the Republican nomination.

Sanders spoke to an audience of thousands of people at a Denver hotel about her experience in the White House with Trump, including bringing her kids to work with her in the West Wing.

“We need strong, Christian conservatives involved in ensuring decent leadership,” Sanders added.

She spoke on the need of providing children with the tools they need to thrive in life, rather than “indoctrinating” them, as well as the significance of safeguarding the most vulnerable.

DeSantis is Strong

“In our pro-life discussions, we frequently focus solely on the uterus.”

“Let me be clear: the reasons we need to talk about it all is because every life stage has significance, from conception to school, work, home, and finally to the end,” Sanders stated.

Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spoke at the conference for the first time, giving an emotional address about the Bill of Rights.

She also ended up denouncing politicians who undermine liberties like the First and Second Amendments as “internal enemies of the people.”

“Repealing the Second Amendment will not put an end to these heinous acts of violence,” Gabbard stated.

“Getting rid of the First Amendment, outlawing and restricting so-called hate speech, as many of our politicians today advocate,” she added, “would not get rid of hatred.”

The goal of the Constitution, according to Gabbard, is to protect individuals from abuse of power by those in authority.

“Yes, our liberties are in jeopardy, but the threat is coming from inside, not from some faraway foreign country,” Gabbard added.

“Politicians pretend to want to shield us from false information, from what they claim isn’t true.”

“The concept we should mindlessly believe whatever the state or those in authority say is real goes against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights’ core nature,” Gabbard stated.