It’s 2024 or bust for Ron DeSantis’ presidential hopes

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'Now is the time.'

Wait until 2028? That’s apparently not the case for Florida’s Governor and his aspirations for higher office.

During a Fox News interview Saturday, Ron DeSantis responded to speculation from primary rival Chris Christie that his current presidential run was effectively a trial run for a run four years later.

“We don’t have until 2028 and now is the time and that’s why I ran because I see the direction the country is going,” DeSantis told Mike Emanuel.

The Governor was responding to a Christie claim that Florida’s 45-year-old chief executive had the future on his mind and was “interviewing for 2028” with the current run for the Republican nomination.

Christie also noted that DeSantis didn’t want to be Donald Trump’s “Vice President,” and that was something that DeSantis (who has denied interest in a subordinate role to the former President repeatedly for months) found reason with which to agree.

“He’s right,” DeSantis said. “I’m not running for Cabinet or any other office.”

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 FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


32 comments

  • JCS

    December 9, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    He’s been an “executive guy” for like 2 seconds. Before that he had a summer job as an electrician’s helper and one year teaching high school where he was allegedly caught drinking with students. After he won in 2018 because of Trump he had it easy with media, a Republican legislature and a soft opponent in former Republican Christ. When he went up against some real competition again he was destroyed. He totally overrates his skills abilities. He idn’t suited for anything now. He is done.

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  • PeterH

    December 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    It’s doubtful that Republicans will be ready to suddenly start drinking the Trump KoolAid again in 2028!

    • Silly Wabbit

      December 10, 2023 at 9:56 am

      Bottoms up!

  • Michael K

    December 9, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    That “leader” did nothing during his three terms in Congress – and he had a desk job in the Navy. He’s all anger, grievance, and hate – nothing more. All he’s done as governor is destroy things. He’s bust.

    • Impeach Biden

      December 9, 2023 at 7:09 pm

      What did you do in the USN or the military? I’m gonna guess you sat on your fat azz and did nothing in the military. Don’t throw spears if you didn’t serve.

      • TJC

        December 10, 2023 at 10:04 am

        Well, I am sincerely interested, but I haven’t seen where you have explained what branch, what rank, what you did, where did you deploy, and what years did all this take place. I may have missed it because I don’t read everything on FP. I did not serve, but I come from a military family — my father served 30 years — and I am always genuinely interested in hearing about people’s military service whether it was two years or twenty or thirty. As a military dependent, I got to live in twelve places by the time I was 18 years old, places like Coronado, Long Beach, San Francisco, Jacksonville, England, Germany, and a few times in the D.C. area while my father did Pentagon duty. it was a great way to grow up and meet lots of different kinds of people.

        • rick whitaker

          December 10, 2023 at 10:54 am

          TJC, don’t expect much honesty from that nut impeach biden. he is foolish and a liar, i presume, based on the entirety of his posts that i’ve read. he claims to have been an air force pilot, but he sounds way too dumb for that. i asked him when he was in the service, but he didn’t answer. the biggest problem i have with the guy is that he is hung up on age. he is extremely critical of anybody of a mature age. also being an obvious maga cultist doesn’t help either.

          • Impeach Biden

            December 10, 2023 at 1:27 pm

            There ya go getting personal again “Tennessee” Rick. You like to dish it out but can’t take it. One of those sensitive libs I guess.

        • Impeach Biden

          December 10, 2023 at 1:34 pm

          I don’t want to say too much as “Tennessee” Rick might be trying to track me down. Last thing I need to see is that old fart knocking at my front door. I’m sure he is armed as he has to be when he collects rent from all of his tenants. USAF pilot for seven years.Yes I have the “veteran” stamp on my drivers license and I also have a concealed weapon permit as all you need in Florida is a DD-214.

          • rick whitaker

            December 10, 2023 at 2:12 pm

            impeach biden, did you not see my statement that i use a management company for my rentals? you couldn’t pay me to EVER go to florida. i don’t, and have never owned a gun. once again i see your fanaticism about age with your ” old fart ” comment. military enlistments in my day were for 6 years. your 7 year figure sounds suspicious. i think i have you pegged well as a maga cultist, and therefore incorrigible. you are not worth my time, i will never post comments to you again.

      • TJC

        December 10, 2023 at 10:07 am

        I don’t see your logic when you tell people they are not qualified to criticize anything military-related if they did not serve. We are Americans, we can speak our minds. You don’t have to be a professional baseball player to know the sport and boo the umpires.

        • Impeach Biden

          December 10, 2023 at 3:06 pm

          Hey “Tennessee” Rick. I was in the USAF after Vietnam. Don’t know where you are coming up with this six year enlisting stuff. When I was in and I believe now enlistment time was four years. Yes six years after pilot training when I was in. It’s now ten years after pilot training. I can tell you this there were no third graders in my UPT class. 😜

  • tom palmer

    December 9, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    I vote for bust

  • rick whitaker

    December 9, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    impeach biden, i’m a navy vet that served during the vietnam war. i never saw a desk and risked my life often during my service. what about you? i have researched desantis’ naval career and it is a joke. the iraq part of it is real bad. apparently you haven’t research desantis’ navy career . if you wanted to be better informed you would. some things just can’t be found on fox or in comic books.

    • Impeach Biden

      December 9, 2023 at 8:26 pm

      Hey “Tennessee Rick” yes I did serve in the USAF. My AFSC was 1115Q. Look it up.

      • Impeach Biden

        December 9, 2023 at 8:27 pm

        Oh and comic books? Really? You are either senile like Joe or as dumb as “Fweedom”. 😜

      • TJC

        December 10, 2023 at 10:12 am

        Pilot? Correct?

        • Impeach Biden

          December 10, 2023 at 1:24 pm

          Yup. I don’t have to prove a thing to “Tennessee” Rick.

  • rick whitaker

    December 9, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    impeach biden, how did you pass the test to get in the military. you sound too dumb. it must have been in the 80’s , 90’s or later when they lowered the entrance requirements. i made a 97 on the afees test and won the american honor and spirit medal in bootcamp. so, you can pilot a plane, so fukin what. if you are so talented and smart, why are you a dumbass maga cultist. btw my uncle was a pilot during ww2 and he had a 3rd grade education when he went in. regardless of your skill and education, you are CURRENTLY an idiot. trump is stupid and he claims to be a stable genius. i can tell by your post that you are a defective minded person. it shows DUDE.

    • Impeach Biden

      December 9, 2023 at 9:24 pm

      You are a moron Tax cheat “Rick”. You have no idea what you are talking about. I would put my military experience against yours any day. I won lots of awards to you dip sh**t. Now back to ripping off your tenants.🤣

      • TJC

        December 10, 2023 at 10:16 am

        Geez, you two just keep going around and around. Just because you have different political views doesn’t mean you shouldn’t respect each other’s service to the nation. Politicians are fair game regardless of whether they served or not — that’s politics — but you guys aren’t running for anything and actually have something important in common.

    • Impeach Biden

      December 10, 2023 at 1:52 pm

      Hey dude, try getting into USAF or USN pilot training with a third grade education nowadays.

  • rick whitaker

    December 9, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    impeach biden, where did you get that ” tax cheat ” crap? is that projectionism on your part? btw, being a maga cultist makes every thing about you tainted. if biden was impeached, so what, it takes 60 senators to make impeachment work. do you honestly think there will be 60 votes for such a waste of time and money. so your moniker, name, or what ever, of ” impeach biden ” is a joke. ha ha ha tax cheat is what trump is, not me. are you that confused.

    • Richard Russell

      December 11, 2023 at 11:28 am

      Duh, you are dumber than you look. The Dems knew they couldn’t convict Trump, yet they went through the motions. The Dem Senate won’t convict Biden, though there are irrefutable facts of his treason and corruption which solidifies the fact, the Democraps in the Senate are as corrupt and crooked as Biden.

      • rick whitaker

        December 11, 2023 at 5:06 pm

        richard, you couldn’t be more wrong. enough said.

  • Even when I think of No. 1 sometimes as well!

    December 9, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    When I think of No. 2, I definitely think of DeSantis…

  • MH/Duuuval

    December 10, 2023 at 11:59 am

    I’m thinking a new Cabinet office would be appropriate for Dee: Secretary of Evangelical and End-Time Relations.

  • My Take

    December 11, 2023 at 1:25 am

    In the Navy, pilots pilot ships.
    Aviators fly planes.

  • Debra

    December 11, 2023 at 2:12 am

    Desantis destroyed Florida. Special Olympics, Tampa Bay Ray’s, Disney, Teachers, 📚, Insurance, taxpayers paying for Disney, vindictive and mean-spirited approach to everyone and everything. Ugly inside and outside, wears high heels, eats pudding with fingers, crass and unsophisticated, not prime time. He is a bully. He likes to bully bc he is short.

  • Richard Russell

    December 11, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Then its a Bust!

  • MH/Duuuval

    December 11, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    “irrefutable facts of his treason and corruption” ? Still waiting on these.

    Trump can try to “find” 10,000 votes, or ask a foreign leader to smear his political opponent, or meet with Putin without any American in the room, and you are okay with all that?

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