Ron DeSantis to announce 2024 presidential campaign Wednesday in conversation with Elon Musk

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By Jessica Dean, Clare Duffy and David Wright, CNN

(CNN) -- (CNN) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce his bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday night in a conversation with Twitter owner Elon Musk, a spokesperson for his political team tells CNN.

The announcement, which was first reported by NBC News, will take place at 6 p.m. ET on Twitter Spaces, where the platform’s users can participate in audio conversations, and will be moderated by tech entrepreneur David Sacks.

CNN has reached out to Musk for comment. The tech titan publicly confirmed the conversation at a Wall Street Journal event Tuesday.

“I will be interviewing Ron DeSantis, and he has quite an announcement to make. And it will be the first time that something like this is happening on social media and with real-time questions and answers, unscripted,” Musk said, adding that he was not planning to endorse a candidate “at this time.”

Sacks is a major political donor and DeSantis booster. In 2021, he contributed just over $70,000 to the governor’s political committee.

As CNN previously reported, the DeSantis team is planning an aggressive schedule and unconventional approach to a presidential campaign. The team is plotting an unpredictable, relentless blitz of the political map designed to quickly get him in front of thousands of primary voters, stir the pot and invite contrasts between the 44-year-old governor and the campaigns of his older rivals – former President Donald Trump, the current GOP front-runner, and President Joe Biden – according to people familiar with the planning.

DeSantis is expected to file paperwork declaring his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission this week, a Republican familiar with the matter told CNN, with a formal announcement planned for next week in his Florida hometown of Dunedin.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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