Ron DeSantis would consider Kim Reynolds as running mate
Kim Reynolds, Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

Reynolds DeSantis
He called Donald Trump's attack of the Iowa Governor 'out of hand.'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday he would consider Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds as a potential running mate, should he win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and dismissed former President Donald Trump’s recent complaints about her as “totally out of hand.”

“Of course,” DeSantis said when asked whether he would consider the second-term Republican. “I mean, she’s one of the top public servants in America.”

Trump last week criticized Reynolds, immensely popular among the state’s GOP base, for her seemingly cozy relationship with DeSantis while stating her public neutrality as the lead Republican figure in the state that hosts the lead-off presidential caucuses in less than six months.

Reynolds has appeared with other GOP White House prospects, but has moderated conversations with DeSantis and his wife Casey DeSantis, while also attending Trump’s first campaign event in Iowa last March.

DeSantis noted that he and Reynolds banter over their similar records, and the playful rivalry between the two states, where conservative policy has moved swiftly this year.

Notably, Reynolds was greeted with a sustained standing ovation when she appeared at a presidential candidate forum Friday, attended by DeSantis and five others, and signed a strict abortion ban before the audience of roughly 2,000 Christian conservatives.

“Anybody who is a Republican who is trying to denigrate her is way off base on that,” DeSantis told reporters, after headlining a fundraiser in suburban Des Moines for U.S. Rep. Zach Nunn.

On Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, the former President took credit for opening the governorship to Reynolds, who stepped into the role after Republican Gov. Terry Branstad became U.S. Ambassador to China during the Trump administration.

“Now, she wants to remain ‘NEUTRAL.’” Trump wrote, adding he would not invite her to his campaign events.

Trump is scheduled to be in Iowa Tuesday to participate in a town hall-style event with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity.

Reynolds, elected in her own right in 2018 and easily re-elected last year, has been mentioned as a potential 2024 running mate, though Iowa GOP insiders have suggested the former state Senator and rural county Treasurer has been ambivalent about the role.

DeSantis, who campaigned in Iowa Friday and Saturday, said voters approached him to express dismay at Trump’s criticism of Reynolds.

It struck a chord with Ryan Frederick, a western Iowa county GOP chairman who attended a gathering of about 50 Republican activists at a pizza restaurant in Winterset Saturday morning.

Frederick, who is leaning toward supporting DeSantis said, “At least, I don’t have to worry about him trashing Kim Reynolds.”

“If you’re a party loyalist, that’s a big deal,” Frederick added.

Later Saturday in Tennessee, DeSantis faced a muted audience as he touted his accomplishments as Governor and promised to offer the United States a “fresh start” should he be elected President. Top Republican leaders like Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, and U.S. Sens. Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn were noticeably absent during the state Republican party’s annual fundraiser — though all three did appear in videos for the event — as DeSantis attracted only mild applause from Tennessee GOP leaders that have largely already pledged their allegiance to Trump.

Yet DeSantis received a partial standing ovation when praising his administration’s decision to forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades and making it easier for parents to challenge books in school libraries.

“We have to draw a line in the sand when it comes to our children,” he said.

DeSantis also referenced his ongoing feud with Disney, which opposed the governor’s so-called “don’t say gay” law.

“Siding with corporations over your own constituency is not going to win elections,” he said.


Associated Press


  • Michael K

    July 16, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    This guy will do anything to get a few cornholer votes.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 16, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    Rhonda would consider Gov Reynolds of Iowa as his running mate, albeit very briefly, before Rhonda decided she should get back in that kitchen with Casey and Rhonda’s other MFLs and make him a pie.

  • Earl Pitts "The Real Mayor of Realville" American

    July 16, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Good evening America,
    Everyone in The Earl Pitts American Fan Club read my prediction that Reynolds would be “The Ronald’s” VPOTUS about a week ago. At which time I advised everyone reading my, Earl Pitts American’s post, to place wagers with the online political bookies on the Desantis/Reynolds tickit. Y’all dont become “Earl Haters” when all my friends become millionaires for placing the wagers I, Earl Pitts American, advised them to place.
    I, Earl Pitts American, actually overherd some folks talking that they were not trusting me on my wager advice. I feel sorry for them.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Whos Gonna Listen To Earl Next Time” American

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 17, 2023 at 10:11 am

      EarlDad, nobody hates you! Smelliot might be jealous and envious, but not even Smelliot hates you

  • Marjorie Trailer

    July 17, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Ron is talking about this Governor nobody ever heard of because Ron already knows he can’t land me as VP on his ticket.

  • Desperate Times

    July 17, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Ron knows his Iowa loss will be the final nail in the coffin, so he floats Iowa’s Gov as his running mate? Has anyone ever been desperate enough that they float Iowa’s Governor as their prospect for VP like Rhonda just did? LOL @ Obvious Rhonda.

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