As the Republican primary battle continues on, GOP hopeful Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it clear that regardless of what happens from here on out, he has no desire to serve as former President Donald Trump's vice president, should he return to the White House for a second term, as The Hill reports.
DeSantis' comments came during a weekend appearance on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures with anchor Maria Bartiromo.
When the topic of the former commander in chief arose, Bartiromo asked DeSantis, “If President Trump came to you and said let's partner up, you be my VP would you do it?”
Making no bones about his stance on the matter, DeSantis said, “No, I'm running for president.”
The governor continued, “We need somebody that can serve two terms. We need somebody that can win states like Georgia and Arizona, which President Trump cannot do or did not do, even though candidates like [John] McCain and [Mitt] Romney had no problem winning those states.”
“We need somebody who, and I'm the only one running including Donald Trump, everything I've promised the voters that I would do as governor of Florida, I've delivered on,” DeSantis added.
Expanding on the list of achievements he believes qualify him for the nation's top job, the governor continued, “We delivered budget surpluses, paying down debt, tax cut school choice, parents' rights, banning sanctuary cities, expanding Second Amendment rights. All and all down the line I promised and I deliver. And that's really what we need, because the country is in decline.”
Trump, for his part, appears to be on the same wavelength as the governor in terms of a potential partnership between the two on the 2024 ticket, judging by the former president's remarks on the subject last week.
During an address in Michigan on Wednesday night – delivered at the same time the GOP debate was taking place – Trump laid into the rest of the field, which he said was comprised of individuals “running for a job,” as The Hill noted separately.
Suggesting that all of the hopefuls on stage are essentially auditioning for a role in his administration, Trump said, “[t]hey're all job candidates. They want to be in the – they want to, they'll do anything, secretary of something, they even say VP.”
Revealing his frank assessment of those who were on the debate stage that evening, Trump added, “Does anybody see the VP in the group? I don't think so.”
Though Trump does not seem overly impressed with the existing crop of Republican hopefuls – at least as potential running mates – speculation continues to swirl about who might actually be on his short list of prospects should he secure the GOP nomination.
During a recent interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Trump said that he had not yet given a great deal of thought to a VP pick, and he was asked by moderator Kristen Welker whether he would consider a woman for the role.
“I like the concept,” Trump said, “but we're going to pick the best person,” but precisely whom that individual may ultimately be, only time will tell.