Miami mayor for president? Suarez explores presidential run, citing his city as the new American dream

'Miami model' keeps taxes low, people safe and leans into innovation, Mayor Suarez says

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez joined "Mornings with Maria" Tuesday to expand on the city's recipe for economic success and growth, while also teasing his exploration of a potential 2024 run for U.S. president.

"Look, it's a long way aways," Suarez admitted to FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo. "Right now, I'm excited to preside over the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and try to convince other mayors across America that the Miami model works, that they need to adopt it so that they can create prosperity in their cities."

"If that continues to work, and if Miami continues to be successful," the mayor added, "then I think there's going to be tremendous amount of options available for me politically if I decide that I want to continue to serve."

Responding to whether or not the Republican mayor has started planning for a presidential campaign, Suarez explained he's currently focused on delivering "due diligence" as Miami's mayor.


"We're doing our due diligence and, of course, doing what I have to do as mayor to try to continue to highlight the things that are happening in Miami," Suarez noted, "which we think, again, should be a model for the rest of the country."

Francis Suarez at presser podium

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez compares the "Miami miracle" to the "Washington nightmare" on "Mornings with Maria" Tuesday, August 23, 2022. (Getty Images)

Political buzz has swarmed around Suarez as a promising presidential candidate, partly due to policies that have helped boost Miami's economy and standard of living. Suarez claimed he's leaned into innovation and defies the socialist model to "keep taxes low" and people "safe."

"When you compare the Miami miracle to the Washington nightmare, you see a situation where in Washington, inflation is rampant, everyday goods are more expensive because of deficit spending," Suarez said. "In Miami, we balance our budget. We actually have $145 million surplus, the most in our history. We keep taxes low while Washington keeps increasing taxes."

According to its mayor, Miami saw a 12% increase in revenue year-over-year from January, "which is the second-most in recorded history," and record-low 1.4% unemployment.

The city is also preparing to end this year with the lowest homicide rate Miami's seen since 1930, making it "one of the safest big cities in America," Suarez argued.

"Miami was voted the happiest city in America and the healthiest city in America. So it turns out if people are healthy, if people are happy, if they're paying low taxes, if they're working, they're not going to be committing homicide," Suarez said. "So it's a very easy recipe for success. It can be scaled to the rest of the country, but it takes political courage."

Mayor Suarez isn't concerned that Florida transplants from Democrat-run states like New York and California could bring their politics, and votes, to one of the state's largest districts.


"The numbers that we're seeing actually tell a different story, that either more Republicans are moving over here or people are changing to become Republicans because they're sort of fleeing the socialist model, which we know has never worked in the history of humanity, hasn't worked in any country, and it hasn't worked in any setting," Suarez said.

"It's not going to work because it pushes people out," Miami's mayor continued. "Like New York famously pushed out Amazon HQ, too, and San Francisco famously pushed out Elon Musk."