DeSantis Rejects Trump’s VP Suggestion

( – Former US president and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is beginning to put more consideration into his vice presidential pick, although not all potential running mates are interested. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who dropped out of the presidential race in January, rejected the idea of appearing on the ballot with Trump.

On February 20, Trump confirmed several individuals are on his “shortlist” for vice president, including DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Congressman Byron Donalds, and former Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. In response, DeSantis said that he is not interested in the position.

“I am not doing that,” DeSantis reportedly said. DeSantis believes that Trump may pick his vice president based on identity politics, which the governor characterized as a mistake.

DeSantis dropped out of the presidential race after Trump won the Iowa caucus in January. DeSantis is serving his second term as Florida’s governor through 2026. Florida law limits governors to two consecutive terms, making him ineligible for immediate reelection.

However, Trump gave specific praise to another dropout from the presidential race on his shortlist: Senator Tim Scott. Trump praised Scott for his help on the campaign trail, adding that the senator is better at campaigning for him than himself.

Scott has been campaigning for Trump in his home state of South Carolina, which held its Republican primary election on February 24. South Carolina is also the home state of Trump’s lone remaining challenger for the Republican nomination, Nikki Haley.

Congresswoman Nancy Mace, who likewise represents South Carolina, also backed Trump over Haley. Mace said that “anybody would say yes” to serving as Trump’s vice president if asked, but the congresswoman brushed off her own chances of Trump choosing her as a running mate, noting that House lawmakers rarely secure the role.

Trump still has time to weigh his options for vice president, which could prove to either boost or sink his campaign. However, it will be difficult for any running mate to truly steal the spotlight from Trump.

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