Ron DeSantis would rather be Governor than VP

The 2024 candidate was back on the trail Friday.

Florida’s Governor is telling Granite State Republicans he’d rather run his state than be Donald Trump’s second in command.

“I can tell you under any circumstance, I will not accept that because that’s not why I’m running,” said Ron DeSantis during a town hall in Concord.

“I’d rather be Governor than Vice President, no question. I can do more for my state and this country without question,” he added.

DeSantis has been consistent in saying he wouldn’t run on a ticket with Trump for months.

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


  • Michael K

    December 15, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    He would not survive a recall vote today – and he will never see the White House. Never.

    • Dont Say FLA

      December 16, 2023 at 1:20 pm

      I wonder if folks born and raised in GOP run states ever wonder why they don’t have recall votes in their states like a bunch of other states have?

      Are recall votes said to be tools of Satan or something?

      • patti

        December 16, 2023 at 7:49 pm

        Florida law doesn’t allow us to recall the governor.

    • patti

      December 16, 2023 at 7:48 pm


  • My Take

    December 15, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    What an arrogant clown.
    Why he has ďone wonders for Florida.
    Just ask him.
    It will be sadĺy interesting to see who his obnoxious woman stooge on the FAU board will push now for FAU presiden at his behest.
    One of the Zieglers? Though they may not hate Muslims enough.

    • MH/Duuuval

      December 15, 2023 at 3:17 pm

      Nope, the Zs are out — so is turncoat Randy Fine. They have sinned. Not to worry though — AG’s recent list of Florida donors should provide a shill for Dee at FAU.

  • KC

    December 15, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Nobody wants you anymore anyway. And you’re in 5th place in Iowa, 4th place in SC, losing FL by 40 points, what do you bring to the table? Nothing.

  • Cheesy Floridian

    December 15, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    I cannot wait for the day he is out of office. I hope his wife doesn’t win election if she runs. Because if she does run and win it will be like Ron just got another 4 years in office

  • Earl Pitts "Great American Thinker" American

    December 15, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    Often us Great American Patriots will take a moment out of our busy day to ponder just how the “Dook 4 Brains Leftys” in our Great Nation will cope with the “EIGHT STRAIGHT YEARS” of Ron DeSantis’ Glorious Upcoming Terms as COMMANDER IN CHIEF of our Great Nation.
    Usually we all kind of think about it when we take a whizz …. then we zip up and move on with our day.
    Just letting all my “BESTY LEFTY”s” know we care about your precious feelings.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Rick Whitaker

      December 15, 2023 at 9:00 pm


  • Richard C. Russell

    December 15, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    Trump does not want him as VP or anything else.

    • MH/Duuuval

      December 16, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      Probably, but don’t forget the Dream Team of Rivals: RR and Bush Sr.

  • My Take

    December 15, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    A governor can damage or destroy a lot more than a VP.

    • My Take

      December 16, 2023 at 3:06 am

      What in Florida will he turn on first when sent home in disgrace?

  • PeterH

    December 15, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Ron …. If you move to Iowa ….. maybe they’ll vote for you as Governor!?!?

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 16, 2023 at 4:01 am

    Desantis counting his chickens before even hatching! Sir Desantis we do not ever want you to be governor again! Desantis your racist and sexist and other perverted ideas have pushed Florida back til it is sick of you!

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 16, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    So sayeth Rhonda, almost immeidatley upon realizing, a bit late to the game, that Kevin McCarthy is obviously going to be Trump’s VP.

    LOL @ Rhonda’s sour grapes

  • patti

    December 16, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    Someone should remind him he IS the governor. He should do the job he was elected to do or step down and give us back the salary he’s been taking.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      December 17, 2023 at 11:51 am

      Agree. Rhonda was exempted from “Resign to Run.”

      Rhonda was not exempted from “Resign to Get Run Over By a Freight Train Crashing Into A Mack Truck Which Lands On A Tesla Which Catches Fire And Burns Florida Down Even Though It’s December” which is what Rhonda actually did.

      • patti

        December 17, 2023 at 6:05 pm

        lol good one!

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