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President Donald J. Trump teases America a lot over whether he will run for President again because he is asked about the topic quite frequently, and he says he can not affirm one way or the other about whether he will be on the ballot- due to Federal Election Laws.
While Trump is still immensely popular and seen as the leader of the Republican party, there are other people who would like to run for the position as well, including-possibly- Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis also teases whether he is running or not as well, and between the two of these men, Trump usually comes first in polling with DeSantis in second as the most respected, most popular Republican.
Recently with the news that CEO Elon Musk might support him as POTUS, Densantis had some fun with it:
When asked about Elon Musk’s tweet that he is “leaning toward” supporting Desantis for president in 2024, he responds: “I welcome support from African-Americans.” pic.twitter.com/6gg34E2gIm
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) June 15, 2022
When he was asked about Desantis running, Trump said during an interview over the weekend that he has not asked Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis if he plans to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
“But were DeSantis to do so, Trump said he believes he would come out on top,” Jon Dougherty of Conservative Brief reported on Tuesday.
“I don’t know if Ron is running, and I don’t ask him,” Trump told The New Yorker in an interview. “It’s his prerogative. I think I would win.”
The Hill reported on the exchange and said:
“Of course, it’s not the first time Trump has fired a warning shot at DeSantis, a former congressman who has risen to prominence among Republicans in recent years as he uses his perch in the Florida governor’s mansion to pursue a laundry list of ultra-conservative policies.
Trump has repeatedly teased a 2024 presidential bid since leaving the White House last year. In his interview with The New Yorker, he said that he was “very close to making a decision” on another campaign.
Still, DeSantis’s own potential political ambitions have irked Trump, who endorsed him during his 2018 gubernatorial bid and believes that he is responsible for DeSantis’s political success.
Trump has often hinted strongly that he’ll make another White House run, while DeSantis has not ruled out a future presidential bid”.
“However, the Florida governor has slapped down any notion that he’ll seek the White House in 2024, saying his preference is to finish his work as governor,” Doughtery reported.
That said, polling for both men consistently shows Trump in the number one spot with DeSantis running No. 2, often very close behind.
And the former president has teased DeSantis as a running mate, even as he has pushed back on reports that there is tension between the two men because that is what Trump does.
“I think Ron would be good,” Trump said during a recent “History Tour” event with longtime friend and former Fox News leading host Bill O’Reilly.
Newsmax reported about the possibility that Mike Pence would be Trump’s running mate:
“Trump was pretty clear former Vice President Mike Pence has likely cost himself a spot on a potential Trump 2024 ticket with his declining to contest the 2020 presidential election.
“I think Mike has been very hurt by what took place with respect to Jan. 6,” Trump told O’Reilly and the crowd. “I think he’s been mortally wounded, frankly, because I see the reaction he’s getting from people.
“They say: ‘Why didn’t he just hand it back to the legislatures? Why didn’t he do it?’” Trump continued. “I think Mike would be tough.”
“I don’t love this question, because there are a lot of them,” Trump added. “There are a lot of people.”
“Trump did mention Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the lone Black Republican senator, as a candidate, after reports he had visited Mar-a-Lago for meetings with Trump this fall,” Daughtery added.
Trump does endorse Scott:
Election Alert:🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 US Senate South Carolina Republican Primary Trump Endorsed Tim Scott wins unopposed primary pic.twitter.com/JQPIcMZGtK
— MAGA2024 (@MAGA202413) June 18, 2022
“You have many, you know, they have been in the news all the time,” Trump continued. “Should it be a woman? Should it be – I’ll tell you somebody who’s great is Tim Scott. A lot of people love Tim Scott. He’s great, a great person.
Because of the frequency with which Trump talks about Scott, it is a popular idea that Trump would choose him for VP.
“But I think we have a lot of people. I’m not going to get into it exactly.”
In November, POLITICO reported that Trump said many people were “begging” to become his vice president.
“They’re all begging me. They all come here,” one adviser, who spoke anonymously with the outlet, said Trump told them.
“Once you get past those two issues — loyalty and Trump going more with his gut — Trump has a lot of leeway in who he would pick,” said Tony Fabrizio, Trump’s lead pollster in 2016 and 2020.
“He’s not necessarily looking to balance the ticket geographically, but what he can do is pick to balance gender, race, ethnicity — a lot of different lanes there,” said Fabrizio, who is polling for a Trump-affiliated super PAC. “It could be everything from a Tim Scott in South Carolina to an Asian American in California, somebody Hispanic in Texas. There are so many choices and paths. And there’s lots of time to go.”