Although former President Donald Trump has not formally announced whether he intends to seek a second term in 2024, he has fueled speculation with a number of recent remarks.
If he does mount another White House bid, though, it seems likely that he will not tap former Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate.
“He’s done a great job as governor”
As Fox News reported, Trump is said to be considering Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill out a prospective ballot in 2024.
The subject came up during an interview with Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo this week.
While the bulk of his on-air appearance hinged on his reaction and rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address of a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, he was open about his willingness to consider a different running mate in a theoretical future campaign.
“He’s a friend of mine,” Trump said of DeSantis, according to reports. “I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocketship. He’s done a great job as governor.”
Citing current sentiment among his supporters about a possible Trump-DeSantis 2024 presidential team, the former president added that “they love that ticket” and that “certainly, Ron would be considered” for such a position.
“Four years of promises kept”
As for his feelings toward Pence, the most recent remarks represent the latest example of an apparently strained relationship. After remaining a loyal ally throughout much of the administration, Trump repeatedly criticized Pence for not going far enough to support claims of voter fraud in the aftermath of November’s presidential race.
Trump’s comments to Bartiromo might also throw some sand in the gears of the GOP’s still-forming slate of contenders to take on Biden in the next presidential election cycle. Many rising stars in the party are said to be waiting to see what the former president decides before announcing their own intentions.
Of course, DeSantis is among those frequently cited as possible presidential contenders. So far, however, he has insisted that he is only interested in next year’s re-election campaign.
A Trump-DeSantis ticket could be popular across much of the Republican Party, but some pundits have argued that having two Floridians on the same ballot could hurt their chances. According to a 2015 Politifact report about a possible GOP ticket comprised of former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, both of Florida, it is “false” that a president and vice president could not hail from the same state.
For his part, Pence made one of his first public speeches since leaving office and recalled the success of the Trump presidency, stating: “We made America greater than ever before. I’ve got to tell you it was four years of consequence, four years of results, and four years of promises kept.”