Ron DeSantis still rules out role as Donald Trump VP

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The Governor continues to reject a potential unity ticket.

Ron DeSantis says he still has no interest in being Donald Trump’s understudy, rejecting a potential role as Vice President.

“No, I’m running for President,” DeSantis said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“We need somebody that can serve two terms. We need somebody that can win states like Georgia and Arizona, which President Trump cannot do or did not do, even though candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney had no problem winning those states,” DeSantis said.

As he has in recent weeks, the Governor also charged Trump with being absent from the campaign trail.

“I think that with all due respect to Donald Trump, we’re not going to beat the Democrats by adopting Joe Biden’s basement strategy. You can’t just be missing in action. You got to show up, you got to earn people’s votes. And if you’re not willing to do that, voters will take notice as we get closer to these contests.”

This is just the latest DeSantis denial of interest in running as Trump’s subordinate.

“Would you take it if it were offered to you? I don’t think I would be good at it and I think I’m probably, you know, more valuable doing other things,” he said during an Outkick interview, noting 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.

During an interview on Wisconsin Right Now, DeSantis also 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 also 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


  • PeterH

    October 1, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Neither of these despicable MAGA klowns will ever see the inside and of the Oval Office!

    • Earl Pitts "Try A Pair Of Earl's Slippers" American

      October 1, 2023 at 3:22 pm

      Relax your sphincters America,
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      Thank you America,

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 1, 2023 at 4:37 pm

        billy purser aka gary burbank aka earl pitts there you go again with your sexual innuendos. you’re sick. so you are an 82 year old man calling a 78 year old man old and in need of slippers and meds. not funny, grow up. is your family ashamed of you? just asking.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 1, 2023 at 4:56 pm

      my man, you are so right.

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  • My Take

    October 1, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    He should strut.

  • Debra Hughes

    October 1, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    This may sound crazy
    Could they pass a law that would allow DeSantis another term?

  • Debra Hughes

    October 1, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    This may sound crazy
    Could they pass a law that would allow DeSantis another term?

    • A law won’t cut it

      October 1, 2023 at 1:44 pm

      It would require the people of Florida to approve a state constitutional amendment with 60%+ vote. Not happening.

      • Debra Hughes

        October 1, 2023 at 2:18 pm

        DeSantis answering questions the way he does makes him sound like he’s Gov forever

  • Read the Constitution!

    October 1, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    It is ludicrous to talk of DeSantis and Trump being on the same ticket. Article 2 Section 1 Clause 3 states: “The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves.” Obviously a Republican ticket cannot win without Florida, so the whole idea of a “unity ticket” is a total non-starter.

    • My Take

      October 1, 2023 at 2:56 pm

      Couldn’t Trump easìly change his official resìdency.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 1, 2023 at 4:46 pm

        he could go back to new york and be a doorman in one of his formerly owned buildings. no that wouldn’t work, he would grope the women’ and bore the men, so they would have to say, “you’re fired”.

  • Ocean Joe

    October 1, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    In spite of what he says, he is DEFINITLY a ‘No. 2’ guy.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 1, 2023 at 4:40 pm

      that’s too high of a number. but if you are saying what i think your saying, yeah, he’s 100% #2

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 1, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Nikki Haley for VP when Trump gets the nomination. (I like Chris and Asa better, but Trump will look for someone educable.)

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 1, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      trump himself is not educable, not in the least bit. erudition is not in trump’s wheelhouse. are you saying that you would vote for a crazy man like like chris the bully and asa the clinton slayer. biden is so far above all those maga people.

      • MH/Duuuval

        October 2, 2023 at 1:49 pm

        Trump has never gotten my vote for political office — nor will he ever. (I should have put “educate” in quotes as I meant it ironically.)

        Asa and Chris are not deluded and Asa, as far as I know, has never been cowed by Trump — as Chris once was. With these two not in the race, the only choices are those who have taken a knee in front of Trump.

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 2, 2023 at 5:00 pm

          i am glad to hear that you, or anybody is not a trumper. i’m o.k. with a standard gop person, but i do think 180 degree opposed to gop principles. i am to the left of bernie sanders. thanks for your civil reply. my far left position is more than the typical gop person can understand or tolerate. i have no respect for any of the gop candidates. the policies all of them have are abhorrent to me. if i had my way gop candidates would have to expose who they get their money from and they wouldn’t be able to tell outright lies on the airways, internet, etc. guns of course would not be able to be carried in public and children would be cared for through socialized healthcare.. military, corrections, education, and healthcare would all be socialized.. some things don’t come out right when profit is mixed in. working class people are screwed over because of profit in those categories. accountability is much easier now than in the past. good day mh

          • MH/Duuuval

            October 2, 2023 at 10:19 pm

            The Citizens decision by the Supreme Court gave the advantage to entrenched financial interests and their go-fers and mouthpieces. And, it’s less the amount of money involved than the ability to keep the donors names secret. A bizarre. self-serving interpretation of the First Amendment.

  • JD

    October 1, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    1.) Unless one of the changes their residency, it’s not allowed the P and VP be from the same state.

    2.) Desantis could run for Governor again, but he must sit out a term. So, 2030 maybe. I know a lot of people think it’s 2 and done, but that’s not how the laws look for Governor. Other offices, yes.

    All that aside, I think he’s done on the Federal level except maybe a representative from Florida. As for a governor, I don’t think people are as enamored as his 60% win in 2022. They’re kind of angry with the “kitchen table issues”.

    • Read the Constitution!

      October 1, 2023 at 11:46 pm

      It absolutely is “allowed” for the president and vice President to be from the same state! The problem is the Constitution states that electors can not vote for president and vice president both from their own state, so in this case only Florida electors couldn’t vote for a Trump-DeSantis ticket. And the problem with that is they cannot win a national election without Florida’s electoral votes. See US Constitution Article 2 Section 1 Clause 3, listed in another comment BTW!!!

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 2, 2023 at 6:30 am

        thanks for the clarification.

      • JD

        October 2, 2023 at 11:05 am

        Fair enough. You’re correct.

        Effectively, it’s not “allowed” becuase they would be shooting themselves in the foot.

    • Debra Hughes

      October 2, 2023 at 9:16 am

      Goes back to the bumper sticker. WE don’t care how you did it up north 🙂

  • TJC

    October 2, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Regardless of what DeSantis says now and the problem with electors from Florida, the truth most likely is that if DeSantis were asked to be VP and it could be done, he’d drop to his knees and shed tears of gratitude to Trump. DeSantis is of the same mold as Ted Cruz, who quickly got over Trump calling his father a murderer (of JFK, no less) and his wife ugly. Cruz would let Trump make love to his butt if that was requested, and DeSantis would do anything to be VP — a good position from which to make a real run for Prez in 2028, God help us. Speaking of positions, when Trump is finished with Cruz, DeSantis will be there bending over, smiling, cooing, “Me next!”

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