- Former President Trump did not rule out the possibility of a Trump-DeSantis ticket in 2024
- Trump claims he gets along well with the Florida Governor
- DeSantis is seen as a younger, more fit GOP candidate in some political circles
- DeSantis is within single-digits in an early 2024 Republican primary poll
In an interview with Newsmax, former President Donald Trump stated that he is not ruling out the possibility of a Trump-DeSantis ticket for a 2024 Presidential run.
When asked during the interview, Trump claimed a strong relationship with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and could be open to the idea of a joint ticket between the two men seen as favorites to win the White House.
“Could you envision a world, sir, where there is a Trump-DeSantis ticket in 2024,” asked reporter Rob Finnerty.
“Well, I get along with him,” Trump replied. “I was very responsible for his success because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship.”
Trump in 2018 extended an endorsement to then-gubernatorial candidate DeSantis in his race against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Trump’s nod of approval helped DeSantis shoot up poll rankings and ultimately scrape by Gillum, winning the governorship by fewer than 30,000 votes.
DeSantis is up for re-election this year, and amid speculation of a tense behind-the-scenes relationship between the governor and Trump, Politico reported last week that DeSantis is not seeking a second endorsement.
With potential presidential goals of his own, DeSantis may see Trump as a primary opponent rather than a possible running mate. DeSantis has remained mum, repeatedly sidestepping when asked if a 2024 presidential run was on his radar.
“The interesting thing about me is people will always inject my name into it, just based off what I’m doing in Florida,” DeSantis told Fox News. “It’s a little bit different for me. I think there’s obviously people that, the minute 2020 ended, have been basically running, and they’re going around doing all that stuff. That’s just not what I’ve been doing. I’ve just been focusing on the task at hand.”
While DeSantis has been elusive on his future in the political arena, Trump has chosen to brandish his sword as chatter inside conservative circles continues to swell about the popular governor being a younger, more refined candidate.
In early June, Trump said he’s unsure if DeSantis will run in 2024, adding that he believes he will defeat the Florida governor if they both ran for president in 2024.
“I don’t know if Ron is running, and I don’t ask him,” Trump told The New Yorker. “It’s his prerogative. I think I would win.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has been candid about his chances against DeSantis. In an October interview with Yahoo Finance, Trump noted: “If I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else.”
In a hypothetical head-to-head contest for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now trails Donald Trump by just 9 percentage points, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll released on Thursday — the only single-digit difference between the two potential rivals in any significant national survey to date.
According to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris survey reported on by The Hill, DeSantis is the early favorite to win the GOP primary in 2024 if Trump chooses against another run for office. In a fictitious GOP presidential primary in 2024, DeSantis receives 36 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who garners barely 17 percent of the electorate, is his main competitor.