In a recent development, former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) have ruled out being each other’s running mate for the 2024 GOP nomination. Both Republicans addressed the speculation, shutting down the idea.
DeSantis and Trump Both Dismiss the Idea of Being Each Other's 2024 Running Mates
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The Florida governor stated that he sees himself as an “executive guy” who gets things done and is more willing to take action rather than make empty promises that leave Americans disappointed. DeSantis called the idea of having Trump as a running mate “interesting speculation,” but he made it clear that he is more focused on achieving his goals than on who his running mate will be.
On the other hand, Trump said he could think of “a lot of great people in the Republican Party,” making it clear that DeSantis wouldn’t be his first choice for a running mate. The former president also claimed to have gotten the Florida governor elected, highlighting how DeSantis would have been out of politics if it weren’t for his endorsement.
Despite not yet announcing his candidacy for the White House, DeSantis is touted as the leading contender against Trump in the next presidential election. When asked about a potential bid, the governor replied that they would see what happens after Florida’s state legislative session.
It’s fascinating to note the evident tension between the two Republicans. Trump has taken many jabs at DeSantis, calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious,” but the latter believes their underlying motivation is his landslide victory in Florida, which altered the former president’s opinion.
The idea of a Trump-DeSantis 2024 ticket certainly got tongues wagging in conservative circles. But given that both men have ruled it out, Republicans must now look for another candidate. This development will make the party’s nomination process more intriguing and complex, with a range of candidates jockeying for position over the next few years.