Trump's possible running mate seen as White House hopeful, too

Friday, April 30, 2021
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (

Trump and DeSantisPresident Donald Trump is dropping strong hints about running for the White House again at the same time other prominent names, including a potential running mate, are turning heads among Republican voters and check-writing donors.

In an hour-long phone interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business, the former president discussed the Trump-hating media and the censorship of Big Tech, and he was also asked if he would consider Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, as a running mate if he runs again.

Trump said he would “certainly” consider DeSantis, who is himself being viewed as a potential GOP nominee, as a future running mate.

“He’s done a great job as governor,” Trump told the cable news program.

After serving five terms in Congress, DeSantis is currently serving his first term as governor Florida, where he has attempted to lift the tourist-dependent state from the pandemic amid non-stop media scrutiny he is putting profits ahead of public health.

“People are able to make decisions for themselves. They can understand what they want to do or not do," DeSantis told reporters in mid-March. "We're gonna be there to support everybody's right to earn a living, all parents' ability to send their kids to school, and people's ability to live their life as they see fit."  

DeSantis, who is the nation's youngest governor at age 42, is also proving to be on top of hot-button issues, such as schools teaching critical race theory, and has announced the Marxist-based teaching will not be taught in Florida's public schools. 

"They're basically saying all our institutions are bankrupt and they're illigetimate," he told Laura Ingraham this week. "How do you have a society if everything in your society is illegitimate? It's a very harmful ideology, and I would say really a race-based version of a Marxist-type ideology." 

DeSantis has been compared to Trump for his media-dissing skills, which draws him praise from conservatives, and the governor won the February straw poll at CPAC (43%) in the ballot that did not include Trump. Kristi Noem, South Dakota’s governor, trailed far behind at 11%.

With the former president in the CPAC poll, DeSantis got 21% compared to 55% for Trump.

“Now, anyone can spout conservative rhetoric,” DeSantis told the CPAC audience. “We can sit around and have academic debates about conservative policy. I’m not saying you don’t do any of that. But the question is, when the Klieg lights get hot, when the left comes after you, will you stay strong, or will you fold.”

Sen. Tim Scott GOP response (Apr 2021)Political observers this week are also watching Sen. Tim Scott, who delivered the GOP rebuttal to President Biden. Scott is enjoying praise from all Republican quarters for a speech that sounded uplifting and hopeful but also scolded the Democratic Party for exploiting racial issues for raw political power.

“Race is not a political weapon,” Scott said, “to settle every issue the way one side wants."

Christian apologist Alex McFarland says the American people should not count out Trump, either, who is still important to the tens of millions who voted for a second term.

“He absolutely was a game-changer on the American political landscape,” McFarland says, “and I personally think that a lot of the liberal, frantic actions to marginalize Trump's followers shows how the left views him as a threat.”


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