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Speculation is ripe about Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential ambitions.
Sky News reporter Rowan Dean is arguing that Donald Trump will run for president in 2024 and then DeSantis will run in 2028.
Dean argued that Republicans certainly have a lot to be optimistic about in the near future.
Speaking on Sky News Australia’s “Outsiders” program, former Trump campaign official and GETTR CEO Jason Miller predicted that Trump will run again in 2024, and presumably would not pick DeSantis as his running mate.
“I don’t think we’ll hear any sort of announcement until 2023, maybe late 2022”, Miller said, revealing he had spoken to Trump last week.
“I don’t think he will be running against Joe Biden, though. I think he will be running against Kamala Harris, or, more likely, California governor Gavin Newsom,” Miller added.
As to whether DeSantis would be Trump’s running mate, Miller said, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Governor DeSantis before, and I don’t think Ron wants to be Vice-President. I think Ron wants to be President. He’s a young guy, he’s in his early 40s.”
Dean seemed encouraged by this news: “So what you’re saying is Trump 2024, DeSantis 2028, and 2032. Perfect. We’ve got 12 great years coming… You’ve given us all hope!”
Earlier this month, DeSantis issued a statement regarding his potential plans for the 2024 election.
DeSantis said he is not thinking about a presidential run and is instead focused on making sure “people are not supporting critical race theory.”
“I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job. We got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year,” the Republican told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“And we are also working on a lot of things in the state beyond just the governor’s race. We got school board races, Sean. I want to make sure people are not supporting Critical Race Theory, making sure that, you know, parents have the ability to send their kids to school the way they want to. So there’s a lot of huge issues. That is way down the road, it’s not anything that I’m planning for,” he added.
Trump may be preparing to go for the presidency again in 2024 and he said he believes he knows what would happen if the battle came to him and DeSantis for the Republican nomination.
In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Trump said he does not believe anyone can stand in his way of being the Republican nominee if he decides he wants to campaign for it.
“I don’t think I will face him,” he said of the popular Florida governor in a potential match for the nomination in 2024. “I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out.”
But he said that “if I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else.”
Last week DeSantis dismissed talk of him vying for the Republican nomination for president in 2024 when he spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity saying, “I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job.”
“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year and we’re also working on a lot of things in the state beyond just the governor’s race,” he said.
In August, during an interview on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast to talk about Afghanistan, Trump also implied that he intends to run for president again while speaking with Fox News personality Lisa Boothe.
Trump said he’s still deciding on another presidential run, but he teased that his mind may already be made up.
“We won [the election] twice. I’ve won it twice and now I have to win it again. I guess if we’re going to save the country,” Trump said.
“I’ll make a decision,” Trump added.
“It won’t be maybe for a little while. You know, a lot of people would like to see a decision immediately,” he said. “But perhaps there’s also a big group, including maybe myself, that would like to see it after the midterms.”
Trump certainly seemed to imply he at least wants to run again in 2024.