Ron DeSantis on being Donald Trump’s VP: ‘Would you take it?’
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'I don't think I'd be good at it,' DeSantis said Wednesday.

During an Outkick interview, Ron DeSantis again rejected the prospect of being Donald Trump’s running mate.

“Would you take it if it were offered to you?” he responded.

“I don’t think I would be good at it and I think I’m probably, you know, more valuable doing other things.”

The Governor went on to tell host Clay Travis that “doing No. 2” just “doesn’t appeal” to him.

“Some people run for President because they want a Cabinet position or Veep or a TV contributorship. I’m not that,” DeSantis added.

“I don’t want Veep. I don’t want Cabinet. I don’t want to be a contributor. I’m running to win.”

DeSantis is way behind Trump in the polls and is still identified as Trump supporters’ second choice for President. But Wednesday’s comments continue a consistent narrative of rejecting being the former President’s second-in-command.

During an interview on Wisconsin Right Now, the Florida Governor said he wasn’t interested in a subordinate role.

“I don’t think so. I don’t think I’m a No. 2 guy. I think I’m a leader. Governor of Florida, I’ve accomplished a lot. I think I could do more staying there than being VP, which doesn’t really have any authority,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis previously ruled out the understudy role in another appearance in March on Newsmax.

“I think I’m probably more of an executive guy. I mean, I think that you want to be able to do things. That’s part of the reason I got into this job is because we have action, we’re able to make things happen. And I think that’s probably what I’m best suited for,” DeSantis said at the time.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    July 26, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Actually, he is a number 2 guy. A steaming load of number 2.

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  • WhatNow

    July 26, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    “I don’t think I would be good at it and I think I’m probably, you know, more valuable doing other things.” – Perhaps the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

  • PeterH

    July 26, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    At least he’s considering what’s next in his future. Maybe DeSantis could offer to serve as Trump’s criminal defense lawyer.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 26, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    “Not being good at it” has yet to stop Rhonda, so i take this as an emphatic YES to being Trump’s VP. Not that Trump will be offering, lol

  • RonBeGone

    July 26, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    This guy isn’t even going to serve out his second term as gov after this campaign finally crashes and burns. He’s going to end up on K-Street shilling for rich cronies. His political career is over. Send in the clown.

  • RonBeGone

    July 26, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    This guy isn’t even going to serve out his second term as gov after this campaign finally crashes and burns. He’s going to end up on K-Street shilling for rich cronies. His political career is over. Send in the clown.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronalds Unofficial Campaign Manager" American

    July 26, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    The Ronald and I, Earl Pitts American, have totally anticipated The Donald to come grovelling to us for the VPOTOS position along with free political advice.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • JD

      July 26, 2023 at 9:10 pm

      We all know “The Ronald McDonald” clown posse will of course be the VP – for Vivek Ramaswamy – after Donnie T ends up in the “big” house.

      Earl “The Shitts” Pitts knows it, it’s in his next PR debrief as Ron DiAster’s Official Campaign Manager

      Thank you America!

  • TJC

    July 26, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    If Don makes the call, Ron will take the job. He’s got nothing left to lose.

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  • My Take

    July 26, 2023 at 11:53 pm

    With DeSScumtis as VP candidate, Caseycould support Trump at his side, what with the absence of Melania and Ivanka.
    A bunch of news stories are up on Melania’s absence.

  • Lex

    July 27, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Ron, I think you’d be good at it. It would expose you to information that would eventually make you a better President. Trump is not young and has his enemies, the Country could feel comforted that you were a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Spend the time getting ready to campaign… Trump wouldn’t be running against you in the 2028 election. At the end of the day, Trump probably won’t pick you because you both are from “Florida.” But talking more about doing what is good for the party, would probably help to put you in the spot to run for president if Trump destroys his own campaign at some point.

  • My Take

    July 27, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Neither Trump nor DeSScumtis are apt to do would they SHOULD do.
    They always know better.
    Anyway, real Americans want them both ruined, finished. For 2024 and 2028.

  • Hall of Presidents

    July 27, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Did Disney ever make a real animatronic Trump doll for their Hall of Presidents, or do they still have that Hillary doll wearing a bad suit, too-long red tie, and a Trump wig?

  • My Take

    July 27, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    I was really hoping for an indictment today.

    • My Take

      July 28, 2023 at 2:24 am

      But the new charges on documents are a pleasant surprise.

  • KC

    July 27, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    He’d be a great asset in either position. We have a VP in title only right now who does absolutely nothing. Was given s very important job and never even showed up at the border. Useless !absolutely nothing

  • Fear of a Black Planet

    July 28, 2023 at 7:32 am

    President Trump with VP Rhonda but Democrats retaking the House, that’s a sure fire ticket to one President Hakeem Jeffries. Trump will croak in prison and Rhonda will be, ahem, “poisoned by Putin,” cough cough, when Rhonda tries to dismantle the USA’s top military brass.

    Only question is, who would become VP to President Jeffries?

    Jeffries would just pick somebody, whoever, but they’d have to be confirmed by Congress. So, unless both sides of Congress are under Democrat control, there would be VP to President Jeffries until he was reelected and ran on a ticket with a VP.

  • Barbara Babuka

    July 28, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Don’t give up. Follow your heart. Your a good person and you are not second best in my book. Don’t go by how it looks. Pray harder. I believe God is on the side of a good husband and family man. Not a politician .God bless you and yours Gov.DeSantis

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