DeSantis rules out VP possibility: Report

 March 13, 2024

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has stated that he has no desire to serve as former President Donald Trump's VP, as The Daily Mail reported.

During a call with supporters over a month after withdrawing, the former presidential candidate expressed his frustration that the race had essentially become an incumbent contest, according to a recording obtained by several media outlets.

On Tuesday, Trump stated at a town hall in South Carolina that he was contemplating DeSantis, along with a considerable number of other candidates, as his vice presidential candidate for 2024.

DeSantis' Comments

"People were mentioning me — like, I am not — I am not doing that," he said, claiming that "Donald Trump's criteria" for who he wants as a vice president would be different than what he would want to bring to the table.

"I have heard that they're looking more in identity politics," DeSantis explained. "I think that's a mistake. I think you should just focus on who the best person for the job would be."

DeSantis left the door open for a 2028 presidential bid, saying: DeSantis maintained the possibility of running for president in 2028 by stating, "I haven't ruled anything out.'"

Tuesday, during a town hall in Greenville, South Carolina, Trump, 77, verified to Fox News' Laura Ingraham that he is considering former rivals including DeSantis, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) for the vice presidential nomination.

More Commentary on Candidates

He added that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Florida Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) were also included on the short list. Even more unexpectedly, Trump stated that he is observing former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

According to a poll conducted by in New Hampshire, Ramasmway would be the preferred running mate, with Scott and Tucker Carlson and Ben Carson tying for third place.

"All of those people are good. They're all solid," Trump told Laura Ingraham Monday night.

Frustration With the Media

DeSantis voiced his discontent with the conservative media's predominantly biased and favorable portrayal of Trump in comparison to the other candidates who challenged him over the course of the more than 30-minute call this week.

"If it was really just eight, 10 Republicans who had never obviously been president, unlike Trump, I think we would have run away with it," he said.

"Their business model just doesn't work if they offer any criticism of Trump," DeSantis said of the conservative media outlets.

"He said at some point he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose a vote," the Florida governor went on. "Well, I think he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, and the conservative media wouldn't even report on it."

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