President and CEO of The Family Leader Bob Vander Plaats has thrown his support behind Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis’s 2024 presidential campaign.

Vander Plaats, in a Tuesday appearance on Fox News’ “Special Report,” announced that he is endorsing the Florida governor.

“I’m thrilled to throw my personal endorsement and support behind Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida,” Vander Plaats said. “We need to find somebody who can win in 2024 and what we saw in 2022, the supposedly ‘red wave’ really only happened in Florida and in Iowa.

Governor DeSantis took a reliable toss-up state in Florida and made it complete red, won by 20 points, won in demographics that we haven’t won in. But he’s also done that by being a bold and courageous leader. So right away, it was kind of his endorsement to lose.”
The Iowan influential leader revealed that the Desantis family attends his church and that the governor won his endorsement during Friday’s Thanksgiving Family Forum.

“But at last Friday’s Thanksgiving Family Forum, he closed the sale on me; he was very clear about we need a president who can serve two terms, not one term,” Vander Plaats’ said. “We don’t need a president [who’s] gonna be a lame duck on day one, you need a president [who’s] going to surround themselves with the best and brightest people versus having a hard time attracting them again. And someone [who] is actually going to do what they say they’re going to do.”

Vander Plaats’ endorsement will serve as a significant boost to DeSantis’ failing campaign. A recent New Hampshire primary poll by Emerson College shows the GOP governor has slipped to fourth place in the Republican primary field. DeSantis polled a mere 7% behind former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, 18%, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 9%, who are second and third respectively. Former President Donald Trump remains the undisputed frontrunner, polling at 49%.

DeSantis was expected to challenge Trump for the GOP primary ticket. The governor’s campaign has, however, faltered with some of his donors now abandoning him.