Ron DeSantis rules out Grady Judd as 2024 running mate

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The Polk County Sheriff is a 'great guy,' but since both men are from the 'same state,' they can't run together.

In South Carolina, Ron DeSantis heard and rejected an interesting suggestion for his running mate in the event he’s the Republican Presidential nominee.

On Saturday in Myrtle Beach, a supporter from the Sunshine State floated Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd as a potential Vice President.

DeSantis called Judd, an ally who has appeared with him at numerous press conferences over the last five years, a “great guy,” but noted that since he’s from “the same state” he couldn’t run on the same ticket.

Beyond that, DeSantis called VP speculation “presumptuous” given the state of the race for the GOP nomination.

“I mean, you know, I’ve got eight delegates. Donald Trump’s got 20,” DeSantis said. “You gotta get there, and so I focus on that.”

Beyond ruling out the unlikely prospect of a county sheriff being one heartbeat away from the presidency, DeSantis offered more familiar language regarding a potential running mate.

“It’s got to be somebody that shares my vision for the country because you don’t want to go run an election, you win, the American people endorse your vision, something happens to the president, then you have a VP that goes in a different direction,” DeSantis said.

“So I want somebody that’s going to be true to conservative principles. I want somebody that’s going to be true to our vision. And if we, if we do that, then you’ll have somebody that’s good. But, you know, I don’t, I don’t put names out there because I don’t think it’s fair.”

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


11 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    January 20, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    Grady Judd would be an excellent choice as head of Homeland Security. Enough of the mismanagement down there on the Southern Border by the 3 stoogies: Biden, Harris, and Mayorkas.

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      January 20, 2024 at 5:30 pm

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        January 20, 2024 at 9:48 pm

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      • Not Pushaw

        January 21, 2024 at 3:38 pm

        Raising my hand because Peter H is really Nikki Fried or Rebekah Jones.

    • Renee Butler

      January 21, 2024 at 12:48 am

      Grady Judd would be an excellent choice for whatever office he were to commit to serve. He would be an excellent Governor or any office in the State, however, he would have a different style than what I have seen in the country ytd!

  • Michael K

    January 20, 2024 at 5:32 pm

    You do know that the immigration laws and enforcement are delegated by the Constitution to the Congress. Why do Republicans in Congress fail to agree on comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform? Hint: it’s because they prefer to complain and have a campaign boogeyman rather than do their job.

  • Nebraska Granny's

    January 20, 2024 at 5:45 pm

    How about RFKJr.? Or Nikki Haley? Or the Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds? Or Ted Cruz? There’s lots of options besides Trump and Scott. If the Confidence Man, Trump, were to win the nomination I will vote for RFKJr. And I think half of the Republicans will dump Trump.🤠🇺🇸

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