Asked about a 2028 campaign, Ron DeSantis says he doesn’t ‘have any plans for the future’

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The Governor made his first public comments after meeting with donors, supporters this weekend in South Florida.

Ron DeSantis isn’t committing to running for President again in 2028. At least not publicly.

The Governor told Fox News Channel viewers that he didn’t “have any plans for the future” when asked about a future run by Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures.

The comments are interesting in light of those being his first public remarks since a reported conclave with donors and supporters in South Florida, an event where appointed state officials such as Secretary of Education Manny Diaz, Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Jason Weida, and Secretary of State Cord Byrd blurred lines between the allegedly non-partisan policy side and the perpetual campaign of the political operation.

POLITICO Florida’s Kimberly Leonard notes that there was no discussion of 2028, even though the timing of the event, which counterprogrammed a big-dollar Donald Trump fundraiser, suggested that DeSantis was yet again trying to keep people on board after his 2024 campaign failure.

During Sunday’s television hit, DeSantis kept his reflections on the 2024 campaign in the state fairly generic.

“I am very, very confident that Florida is going to be a strong performance for Republicans up and down the ticket and we’ve worked very hard to bring it to this point and I’m excited about that,” he told Bartiromo.

The Governor has been coy about his future intentions since his decision to leave the presidential campaign after taking a big loss in Iowa, the crucible of his political ambitions where he failed to win a single county after months of supplication to Hawkeye State Republicans as a candidate.

“Oh, I haven’t ruled anything out. I mean, I think that, you know, we’re still in this election cycle so it’s presumptuous to say, you know, this or that. I think a lot happens in politics,” DeSantis said in February, addressing the 2028 question during a call with people who pledged to be his delegates at the GOP Convention.

“We’ll see what the future holds,” DeSantis said to a radio host in Iowa back in January, suggesting that he was indeed striving to keep the band together.

“Most of the people that supported me, whether activists, whether volunteers, whether fundraisers, you know, they’re all on board, you know, for what the future holds. So we’ll be active,” DeSantis promised.

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


30 comments

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 7, 2024 at 11:02 am

    just watching desantis talk gives me bad feelings. i never did like or trust that guy from the time i first encountered him. i don’t think i could EVER warm up to him in the near or distant future.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 7, 2024 at 11:50 am

      Coming from a guy that claims Reagan was the worst President. You have zero credibility left of Bernie Sanders.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 7, 2024 at 12:07 pm

        Not that you are concerned with informed opinion, but most historians and political scientists put RR near the bottom. Luckily for RR’s reputation, DJT came along and defecated in the public square — though both seem to be suffering from dementia during their second terms.

        Andrew Johnson and his near- predecessor James Buchanan typically rank just below RR and Trump. AJ is so much like Trump that they could be twins, down to the verbal outbursts and self-pity. (Trump claimed to be modeling Andrew Jackson, but is so ignorant he has likely confused the the two AJs.)

        And, Johnson was a white supremacist, another similarity with DJT and MAGAs.

        • Rick Whitaker

          April 7, 2024 at 5:41 pm

          MH, ouch 2 of those bad presidents are from my state.

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 7, 2024 at 1:22 pm

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    • John L

      April 10, 2024 at 10:03 am

      He is creepy and unlikable. ZERO SHOT of winning any national election. He might struggle to beat either senate member. He would fit in nicely in one of the gerrymandered right wing nutjob district he drew up illegally. Nobody in congress liked pudding fingers.

  • Ocean Joe

    April 7, 2024 at 11:14 am

    I’m going to Ospho my cowbells, just in case.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 7, 2024 at 12:08 pm

      More cowbell!

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 7, 2024 at 12:40 pm

    Don’t nobody tell Rhonda that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 7, 2024 at 12:50 pm

    I know I have no plans for Dee after 2026 — I suspect he’ll sit at home and collect the favors he is owed from billionaires and such like that he helped while in office.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 7, 2024 at 2:17 pm

      MH, i suspect your right about desantis’ future, but i would like to see lawsuits and inditements added to his schedule.

  • Biscuit

    April 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Well, he cooked up a plan to win the GOP nomination for the presidency, and that plan was a doozy. Like the poem by the human Robert Burns says, plans made by mice and men often fail, so maybe DeSantis is better off without one. Note that Burns did not mention dogs.
    On the bright side, did you know he has a dog named Liberty? Word on the street — Pee Street (all streets to all dogs) — is he named it after his favorite movie character, Liberty Valance, who was anti-woke, anti-intellectual, and pro-gun.
    Arf.

  • Confused

    April 7, 2024 at 2:31 pm

    People just don’t see when government intrudes in malicious ways. I like to give an example. We have extraterrestrial 👽 objects all around us..answer thank you advertars

  • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

    April 7, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    Good evening America,
    As all members of The Earl Pitts American Fan Club have already been advised of and waiting paitently for “When Ron went public with the “Code Words” that he didn’t “have any plans for the future” that was Ron’s “Secret Code Message” to Donald Trump that Ron is close enough to signing off on all pending Florida Legislation that its now OK for “The Donald” to make his Sage Announcement that Ron is Trumps Sage choice of VPOTUS running mate.
    So yes Sage Patriots its time to “Relax Our Political Sphincters” secure in the knowledge that Don and Ron will be leading The Free World and we shall all live happily ever after.
    Thank you Sage Patriots.
    To keep this from leaking out prior to Don’s announcement I have written this message in a special ink invisable to all Non-Trump voters ….. that means if you can read this you may not yet know it ….. BUT YOU ARE A TRUMP VOTER.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 8, 2024 at 10:59 am

      warning, don’t waste your time, there is no earl shitts fan club. earl is a pitiful lunitic that thinks he’s funny. as you can see, he is FAR from being funny. inane yes, funny no. he’s showing signs of dementia at 82 years old. he has no clue as to how the FP readers see him. pitiful huh?

  • Lex

    April 8, 2024 at 9:20 am

    Historically, the runner-up in the Republican Party is the candidate in the following general election. There is no question that Desantis was the runner-up. So sans any major change in the political landscape, Desantis is poised to be the Republican Party candidate in the next election. Trump will presumably have a vice president who is not Desantis who may throw a wrench into that. Trump could also lose and then hypothetically run again in 2028. Politics is dynamic. But it’s strange to ask these questions now when it detracts from the current election cycle.

    • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

      April 8, 2024 at 9:05 pm

      Great and informative knowledge drop there LEX,
      Earl Pitts American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 4:18 pm

        earl, you wouldn’t know knowledge if you see it. lex is a right-wing nut job just like you. earl, i know you are 11 years older than i am, but i could teach you a lot if you weren’t so stupid in thinking that you are smart and in reality. on second thought, i don’t have time for your sphincter loving ass.

    • Ocean Joe

      April 9, 2024 at 10:02 am

      He’s the runner up who got 4% in his home state.

    • John L

      April 10, 2024 at 10:00 am

      Haley was the runner up

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 12, 2024 at 11:18 am

      The only place Rhonda is runner-up is in his marriage.

    • rick whitaker

      April 15, 2024 at 6:51 am

      LEX, you are talking like it makes a difference who trump picks for his vp. it doesn’t matter at all. us dems do not care who the idiot he picks is. it would have to be an idiot if trump picks them. he always picks the wrong people.

  • Andy

    April 8, 2024 at 9:47 am

    ‘Whatever Trump and MAGA does, I can do crazier!

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 8, 2024 at 4:08 pm

      Perhaps if you are institutionalized …

  • Michael K

    April 8, 2024 at 10:56 am

    There is no future for Ron DeSantis.

    Fixed the headline for you. You’re welcome.

    • Andrew Finn

      April 11, 2024 at 10:36 am

      You got that right !!!!!!

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 9, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    DESANTIS WHO ?

  • John L

    April 10, 2024 at 9:59 am

    Please Run again Gov DUH Santis so we can see the lifter boots and forced creepy smiles again as you travel every square inch of Iowa while ignoring housing insurance crisis in Florida.

  • Andrew Finn

    April 11, 2024 at 10:38 am

    Great Ronnie !!!!!! Keep it that way !!!!!! I know the 12 people who voted for you will be unhappy, but the rest of the country will be thrilled.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 12, 2024 at 11:20 am

    If Rhonda has no plans for his future, what are these homeless camps he’s setting up? I assumed they were so he will have a place to stay once his political career’s clock runs out its remaining 2.5 years of OT.

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