Byron Donalds responds to VP question

October 30, 2023

As rumors swirl over Donald Trump's choice for VP, one of his most vocal allies in Congress is making it known that he would accept the job. 

Florida Republican Byron Donalds told Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures that the matter is "up to the president."

It would be a leap for a political novice like 43-year-old Donalds, who was elected to the House in 2020, to appear on the ticket with Trump. But Donalds is a popular figure among the president's supporters.

Trump's VP?

Host Maria Bartiromo had asked Donalds whether he is open to running with Trump after losing the Speaker's race. Donalds briefly ran for House Speaker before Republicans unified behind Mike Johnson (La.). 

Donalds said Johnson will do a "tremendous job" leading the Republican conference. As for running with Trump, Donalds demurred, saying he would do whatever is necessary to fix the country.

"With respect to being potentially on the ticket, that's really up to the president," Donalds added.

"I have no control over that. The only thing I'll say is I just want to do whatever I can to get our country on track. That’s what I’ve always been committed to. So, no matter what the role is, it's about getting our country back on track."

Donalds added that Trump's support with black voters is "growing" as Americans struggle under Biden's economy.

"More and more black Americans say 'we got to have Trump back,'" Donalds said.

Trump dominating

Trump - despite four indictments - is tied with President Biden in the polls and dominating the Republican presidential primary, leaving many to anticipate a Trump-Biden rematch and drawing more attention to the Republican veepstakes.

Donalds endorsed Trump for president over Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R), who has become a bitter rival of Trump's. The odds of Trump choosing DeSantis for his running mate are pretty much zero.

With the Iowa caucuses just a few months away, a fresh poll has Trump leading in Iowa and DeSantis tied with Nikki Haley for second.

Trump has said he "likes the concept" of a female running mate, but he will pick whoever is most qualified.

Although Trump labeled Haley, his former U.N. ambassador, "birdbrain" following last month's debate, the two don't have a particularly acrimonious relationship. Trump was endorsed by South Dakota governor Kristi Noem at a rally last month, fueling rumors he would choose her.

Trump's former vice president, Mike Pence, dropped out of the primary on Saturday after failing to gain traction. Like DeSantis, Pence no longer has any relationship with Trump.

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