DeSantis Declines Trump’s VP Offer, Sets Sights on Presidency


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made it clear he will not accept a vice presidential offer from former President Trump, should it come his way. This bold declaration comes as DeSantis is gearing up for the 2024 GOP nomination, demonstrating his determination to lead the nation.

DeSantis’ refusal to consider the vice presidency under Trump was unequivocal. He stated, “No, I’m running for president,” during an interview on Fox News. This statement underscores his ambition to secure the highest office in the land, rather than play second fiddle to anyone, even a former president.

The Florida governor’s decision comes amidst a challenging political landscape. Recent polling data shows Trump leading the pack among Republican candidates, with a commanding 55.1% of the vote following the second debate.

DeSantis, while popular, trails significantly behind with just 13.5% of the vote.

Despite these odds, DeSantis remains undeterred. His confidence stems from his belief in his ability to win states like Georgia and Arizona, which Trump failed to secure in the 2020 election.

DeSantis pointed out that previous Republican candidates, such as McCain and Romney, had no trouble winning these states, suggesting he could replicate their success.

DeSantis’ refusal to consider the vice presidency also reflects his preference for executive roles. He previously told Newsmax that he’s ‘more of an executive guy,’ indicating his desire to be at the helm of decision-making processes.

This sentiment aligns with his track record as Florida’s governor, where he demonstrated strong leadership skills.

Interestingly, when asked if he would consider Trump as his running mate, DeSantis responded with, ‘That’s interesting speculation.’ This response suggests DeSantis is open to unconventional strategies to secure the presidency, even if it means teaming up with his current rival.

However, DeSantis’ path to the presidency is not without obstacles. He currently lags behind Trump by a significant margin in the polls. A recent Fox Business poll of GOP Caucus voters in Iowa showed DeSantis trailing Trump by 31 points.

Despite this, DeSantis remains steadfast in his pursuit of the presidency, demonstrating his resilience and determination. As the 2024 election plays out, it will be interesting to see how DeSantis’ strategy unfolds and whether his decision will pay off.