Speaking on the “Wisconsin Right Now” podcast Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) made it clear that he’s not interested in being former President Trump’s running mate, declaring that he is “not a number two guy” and that he could do more good in Florida.
One of the hosts asked the conservative governor if he would consider being Trump’s vice president.
“I don’t think so,” DeSantis, 44, candidly responded. “I’m not a number two guy. I think I’m a leader.”
“I’ve been able to accomplish a lot. I think I could probably do more staying there than being VP, which doesn’t really have any authority,” he added.
(Video Credit: Daily Mail)
On the “Mark Belling Show” Tuesday, the governor took a jab at both Trump and President Biden over their ability to win over suburban women, who he argued not only “disapprove of Biden, I think they also, unfortunately, disapprove very strongly of Donald Trump.”
(Audio Credit: The Mark Belling Show)
DeSantis’ honest commentary was met with scorn and derision by the Trump campaign.
“Ron DeSantis isn’t anybody’s guy. He’s not ‘the guy.’ He’s just ‘a guy,'” Steven Cheung, Trump’s campaign spokesman, sneered. “Ron is just there, sullen and sad, because his numbers are as tiny as him.”
— Steven Cheung (@TheStevenCheung) July 12, 2023
Trump, 77, is leading DeSantis by double digits with the Florida governor in second place. According to the Daily Mail, Trump is polling at 49.8 percent among Republican primary voters compared to DeSantis who is at 21 percent.
DeSantis has been relentlessly pummeled by leftists and so has his wife. But the most vicious attacks have come from other Republicans who support Trump. They claim that DeSantis is performing poorly on the campaign trail and that he fails to connect with voters.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) July 10, 2023
The Florida governor was asked by the podcast hosts who he was considering as his running mate. He told them that he believed that question was premature.
“Who do you guys recommend?” DeSantis joked.
“I’m taking it one step at a time, and I think that’s something we’ll evaluate as time goes on,” he remarked. “I think it’s a little presumptuous to be doing it at this stage. I’m here to win the early primaries, and that’s what we’ve got to do first.”
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) July 11, 2023
DeSantis was also asked by podcast host Jim Piwowarczyk if he would consider Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as a running mate in a cross-party ticket. He responded that he had worked with RFK Jr. on Fauci but he felt that they disagreed on too many issues to be serious political partners.
“I think there are issues on which we can align,” he remarked. “But on the bulk of issues, I think he’s a liberal Democrat, so I’m going to choose somebody conservative.”
DeSantis said that he would support whoever was the eventual Republican nominee, including Trump.
That aligns with the Republican Party instituting a loyalty pledge that any candidate who wishes to participate in the first Republican presidential debate on August 23, has to pledge their support to whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be.
Trump has not stated whether he will sign the pledge or not.
Nikki Haley and Tim Scott have both said they will sign the pledge. Mike Pence, Chris Christie, and Vivek Ramaswamy have not committed to doing so yet.
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