DeSantis says he would not accept working for Trump as VP

October 2, 2023
Matthew Boose

Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) said he would not consider working as Donald Trump's vice president.

"No, I'm running for president," DeSantis told Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures.

Of course, it's unlikely that Trump would offer the job, given the vicious feud between the two that has played out over the last year.

Ron DeSantis rejects VP

Trump and DeSantis were once allies, and the Florida governor was seen by many as a likely successor to the former president. But DeSantis' star has faded since his entry into the presidential race made him and Trump into bitter rivals - leaving the governor's political future uncertain.

As he struggles to close a yawning gap, DeSantis has sharpened his attacks on the presumptive Republican nominee.

"We need somebody that can serve two terms," he told Fox News.

DeSantis continued to lay into Trump's electoral record - rejecting Trump's claim that the 2020 election was stolen in states like Arizona and Georgia.

"We need somebody that can win states like Georgia and Arizona, which President Trump cannot do or did not do even though candidates like McCain and Romney had no problem winning those states," DeSantis said.

Primary over?

DeSantis declared Trump "missing in action" during last week's chaotic Republican primary debate in California, which Trump skipped.

Trump has been pivoting to the general election, urging Republicans to cancel the debates and shift attention to beating Joe Biden in 2024.

He spent debate night with auto workers in the battleground state of Michigan, where he dismissed his challengers as "job candidates" and said none of them were likely to be his VP.

"We’re competing with the job candidates. They’re all running for a job. No, they’re all job candidates. They’ll do anything. Secretary of something. They even say VP. I don’t know. Does anybody see any VP in the group? I don’t think so," he said.

Trump gained five points in a post-debate poll, rising to 63%, while DeSantis dropped further from 15% to 12%.

While Trump had some warm words for Doug Burgum, Tim Scott, and Vivek Ramaswamy following the debate, he had a lacerating review of DeSantis in his "report card" of the candidates.

"Ron DeSanctimonious had a bad night. He can feel the end is near. Dropping like a rock!" Trump wrote.

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