DeSantis: ‘I Am Not Doing That’

Ron DeSantis

( – Despite being considered as a potential choice for vice president, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made it clear that he is not interested in being former President Donald Trump’s ticket partner for this year’s presidential election.

In a recent interview, DeSantis shared with GOP sympathizers that “[p]eople were mentioning me [as a potential vice president]. I am not doing that.”

The 45-year-old governor also shared his thoughts on who Trump might and should consider for his vice-presidential candidate. He observed that some runners are seeking the role as he has seen the way they carry themselves, their actions and their body language.

Likewise, he added, “I’m not sure that those are necessarily going to be the criteria that Donald Trump uses. I think he’s going to probably use different criteria.”

DeSantis also mentioned that the potential VP candidates are more interested in identity politics, which he thinks is a mistake. He further said that Trump should focus on who the most prepared person for the job is.

On a Fox News town hall former President Donald Trump mentioned DeSantis, among others like Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Scott, Byron Donalds, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Kristi Noem as potential VP candidates for 2024.

After ending his campaign and trailing behind Trump in the Iowa caucus, DeSantis endorsed him over Nikki Haley.

During the interview DeSantis also touched on the harsh criticisms from Trump and his team during the campaign.

“I think [Trump’s] got people in his inner circle who were a part of our orbit years ago that we fired, and I think some of that is they have an ax to grind,” DeSantis stated and suggested this personal vendetta influenced the campaign dynamics more than a shift in Republican voters’ support.

DeSantis hinted at staying in touch with the delegates and planned to update them on his activities while exploring ways to gain more exposure nationally.

In response to DeSantis’ remarks Trump’s camp did not hold back. Spokesperson Karoline Leavitt dismissed DeSantis’ influence on VP selection and advised him to focus on his political efforts. Another advisor, Chris LaCivita, harshly criticized DeSantis on social media and reflected the tension between the two camps.