Ron DeSantis just gave this answer to Donald Trump about being his Vice President

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Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are by far and away the two most popular Republicans in America.

Many conservatives would consider Trump-DeSantis a dream ticket in 2024.

And Ron DeSantis just gave this answer to Donald Trump about being his Vice President.

During a South Carolina town hall event, Donald Trump confirmed Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s suggestion that Florida Governor DeSantis was among the Republicans on his shortlist for Vice President.

The very next day on a conference call with supporters of his failed Presidential campaign, DeSantis said he wouldn’t accept an offer from Trump to become his running mate under any circumstances.

“People were mentioning me [as a potential Vice President]. I am not doing that,” DeSantis stated.

It’s not even clear if Donald Trump is constitutionally allowed to select DeSantis because the 12th Amendment strongly suggests that the President and Vice President must be from different states.

“The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President,” the 12th Amendment reads.

There is also clearly hurt feelings on DeSantis’ part as he proceeded to attack the other names on Trump’s shortlist as being “identity politics” choices even though four of the possibilities – former GOP Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, former Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, South Dakota Governor Kirsti Noem, and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) – are all seen as strong supporters of Donald Trump’s America First agenda.

“Now we have a diverse Republican Party. I want everybody in the fold, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t want people representing 10, 15% of the party being in the driver’s seat,” DeSantis began.

“So I would want somebody that, if something happened, the people that voted us in would have been pleased to know that they’re going to continue the mission,” DeSantis continued. “I’m not sure that those are going to necessarily be the criteria that Donald Trump uses. … I have heard that they’re looking more in identity politics. I think that’s a mistake. I think you should just focus on who the best person for the job would be, and then do that accordingly.”

There are some establishment-aligned Republicans like Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) that Trump should avoid at all costs.

But Trump has a menu of options before him that can serve his political interests and help him appeal to demographics like young black men and suburban women while also advancing the principles of the MAGA movement.

Ron DeSantis’ comments are the natural sour grapes that come from losing a race you fully expected to win.

DeSantis will eventually get on board with Trump and his running mate because he will have no other option if he wants to remain viable for a 2028 Presidential campaign.

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