Conservatives who hope for a Trump-DeSantis Republican presidential ticket in 2024 can give up that dream.
In separate interviews with Newsmax this week, both men rejected the idea of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis being former President Donald Trump’s running mate in the next election.
On Friday, Trump told anchor Rob Schmitt that he “never thought” of DeSantis as a possible running mate.
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“No, I’ve never thought of it,” Trump said. “We have a lot of great people in the Republican Party. I’ve never thought of it; but you know some people every once in a while mention it, but that’s about it.”
“No, I think that would be a very unlikely alliance,” he added.
Trump then more or less sealed the deal by criticizing DeSantis for several votes he made in Congress, including those he said would have hurt Social Security and Medicare.
Trump also said he “appointed” DeSantis because his 2018 endorsement helped DeSantis beat Republican primary rival Adam Putnam in the primary and then “crackhead” Andrew Gillum, the Democrat, in the general election.
Trump’s comments came a day after DeSantis told Newsmax he likely would not team up with Trump.
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Anchor Eric Bolling pointed out that many GOP voters like Trump and DeSantis and asked DeSantis if he would settle for the No. 2 slot.
“I think I’m probably more of an executive guy,” DeSantis replied.
“I think that you want to be able to do things. That’s part of the reason I got into this job is because we have action. We’re able to make things happen, and I think that’s probably what I am best suited for.”
Bolling then asked DeSantis if he, as the nominee, would consider Trump his VP candidate.
DeSantis chuckled, calling that “interesting speculation,” but said the most important thing was to ensure President Joe Biden is a one-termer.
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