(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, dropped a bombshell by declaring he would refuse to be former President Donald Trump’s running mate if Trump wins the 2024 GOP nomination.
Even though he boasts the second-highest approval rating among potential Republican primary voters, DeSantis is still dozens of percentage points behind Trump, according to polls.
A scenario in which Trump clinches the GOP nomination and then invites DeSantis to be his vice presidential candidate has been sounded out by some Republican pundits for a while now.
Yet, on Tuesday, Florida’s governor declared he wouldn’t agree to be on a Trump ticket because he was “not a number two guy,” The Daily Caller reports.
DeSantis told the Wisconsin Right Now podcast that he would instead remain Florida’s governor than become the vice president of the United States under his former ally Trump.
“I don’t think so. I’m not a number two guy, I think I’m a leader — governor of Florida,” he stated.
“I’ve been able to accomplish a lot. I think I probably could do more staying there than being VP, which doesn’t really have any authority,” DeSantis added.
The Florida governor was asked whether he had considered any running mates in case he won the 2024 GOP nomination – including if he might decide to invite Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to be his vice president.
DeSantis said that while he and RFK Jr. did see eye to eye on some issues, he would prefer a “conservative” as his running mate over a “liberal Democrat” like Kennedy.
“I’m taking it one step at a time. I think it’s a little bit presumptuous to be doing that at this stage. I’m here to win the early primaries, and that’s what we’ve got to do first,” the governor stated.
According to the RealClearPolitics polling average based on surveys from June 10-26, Trump enjoys 53% support, while Florida’s governor comes second with 20.9%.
The former president also leads DeSantis by double digits in the first early primary states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, FiveThirtyEight reports.
“Ron DeSantis isn’t anybody’s guy. He’s not ‘the guy.’ He’s just ’a guy,’” commented Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung.
“Ron is just there, sullen and sad, because his numbers are as tiny as him,” the Trump aide added.
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— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 12, 2023