Miami Mayor Francis Suarez turned yells into cheers Sunday while speaking at the Turning Point Action Committee Event held in Palm Beach ahead of his campaign for the 2024 presidential election.
Suarez, who will run for president for the first time, shortly silenced the crowd of pro-Donald Trump conservatives and turned the attention to his family’s past during his time on stage.
“That’s the beauty of our country,” said Suarez after an audience member heckled him. “My parents were kicked out of their country of birth because they could not do that.”
Those in attendance at the Palm Beach County Convention Center did the same for former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, creating a sea of boos that made it hard to hear his speech. There was a better welcome, however, to some of the other Republicans present at the event. They include Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Sen. Eric Schmitt, Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Georgia Sen. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Former President Donald Trump himself also delivered some words on the main stage prior to his third try at a presidential bid.
“I want to close the Department of Education and move education back to the states where it belongs and where parents have total control of their children’s lives,” said Trump.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was not able to make the event as he completed campaign events in Iowa and Tennessee.
Trump, Suarez and DeSantis are set to face off for the Republican primary in the 2024 presidential election.