Florida Governor Ron DeSantis firmly rejected the notion of becoming former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s running mate, categorically dismissing the idea under any circumstances. Speaking to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, DeSantis emphasized his presidential candidacy, asserting the need for a candidate capable of securing victory and effectively accomplishing the tasks at hand.
He expressed a clear preference for completing his remaining two years as governor rather than assuming the role of vice president, citing the perceived limited impact of the latter position. Haley had floated the idea during a joint interview with NBC News and the Des Moines Register, coinciding with the intense competition among GOP candidates for prominent positions in various polls.
DeSantis, in response to Cavuto’s inquiries about Haley’s remarks, conveyed his belief that the vice president’s role would hinder his ability to make a meaningful difference, reaffirming his commitment to delivering tangible results to the people. While rumors circulate that Haley could be a favored pick for the vice-presidential role if former President Trump secures the GOP nomination for a rematch against President Biden, Haley asserted her determination to win the nomination independently and not settle for second place.
Addressing allegations from DeSantis and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both rivals in the nomination race, Haley denied actively seeking the opportunity to be Trump’s running mate. Christie suggested that her reluctance to criticize Trump strongly indicated her desire for the vice-presidential role. DeSantis, during a New Hampshire town hall, pressed Haley for a direct response on whether she would accept a vice-presidential nomination from Trump, prompting his campaign to launch a website, trumpnikki2024.com, to amplify the speculation. The Florida governor firmly declared his unwillingness to accept the offer to be Trump’s running mate.
In response to the criticisms directed at her, Haley told Fox News that she has faced scrutiny on various fronts, emphasizing that such challenges are typical in a competitive political landscape.