The meeting took place as the Florida governor was campaigning in neighboring Georgia. DeSantis campaign press secretary Bryan Griffin confirmed the two governors met but did not provide details about what was discussed.
Politico first reported the meeting between DeSantis and Kemp.
The two governors appeared Friday at conservative commentator Erick Erickson’s conference “The Gathering” in Buckhead, an affluent Atlanta neighborhood. Fellow GOP candidates like Sen. Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley were also in attendance.
Kemp has ruled out a 2024 presidential bid but has yet to endorse a candidate, saying Friday that the eventual Republican nominee must offer a forward-looking vision to take back the White House.
“Look, you can believe whatever you want about the 2020 election. That is your right,” he told the crowd in Buckhead, while cautioning that “complaining is not going to help us win.”
Former President Donald Trump, indicted by a Fulton County grand jury earlier this week on charges of felony racketeering and numerous conspiracy counts related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election, did not attend the event.