Former President Trump, Governor DeSantis, and most of the other big hitters that have officially announced their respective candidacies are expected at a major conservative conference later this month. This event should serve as the first real chance for donors and advocates to kick the tires side by side on their potential presidential nominees.
The Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., from June 22-24.
In addition to Trump and DeSantis, the conference will host other aspirants to the nation’s top office, including former Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Other notables invited to speak include announced candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur who founded the biopharmaceutical company Roivant Sciences.
Also on the list is Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who might be considering a presidential run.
Although both Trump and his main rival, DeSantis, are listed as the keynote speakers, Trump gets to close out the event on June 24, while DeSantis will be the keynote speaker on the day before. This schedule will allow Trump an opportunity to digest DeSantis’ speech and perhaps tailor his address to respond to DeSantis.
DeSantis has attacked recently with regards to his former patron Trump, accusing Trump on Friday of being soft on crime. Trump signed the First Step Act of 2018, which DeSantis says “has allowed dangerous people out of prison who have now reoffended, and really, really hurt a number of people.”
DeSantis promised to repeal the legislation if elected president.
Trump will share speaking days with his former ambassador to the United Nations. DeSantis will speak on the same day as Pence.
Pence was Trump’s vice president, but the two have had serious issues ever since Pence took a much different view regarding the events of Jan. 6, 2021.