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DeSantis Turns Heads – Reveals Who He Is Considering for 2024 Running Mate

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In the event that he receives the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis has mentioned a potential running companion. Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa is on DeSantis’ short list for vice president, he stated after praising her during his Friday candidate forum with Tucker Carlson.

“Governor, you have spent a lot of time with Governor Reynolds, you defended her after President Trump’s recent statements,” a reporter said to DeSantis at an event on Saturday after the Friday event, which was also held in Iowa. “Would you consider her as a potential vice presidential pick in this campaign?”

“Of course,” DeSantis said in response. “I mean, she’s one of the top public servants in America, I thought the attacks on her were totally, totally out of hand and totally unnecessary.”

“We should be thanking good Republican officeholders,” he continued. “You know, we kind of joke about the Iowa-Florida [competition], sometimes they do things before us, sometimes we do. But honestly, I want them to do better than us because it’s healthy. When Republicans are doing well, I like that, I don’t get jealous of that, I want to see them do well.”

“And so they’ve done a great job and I think she’s been a model public servant and anybody who’s a Republican that’s trying to denigrate her I think is way off base on that,” he concluded.

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst was sitting next to DeSantis and nodding in accord while he spoke.

DeSantis, who has routinely placed second in GOP primary surveys for 2024, is under immense pressure as a result of former president Donald Trump’s continued rise in the polls.

According to Reuters, “despite the former president’s commanding lead in polls and growing questions about DeSantis’ viability,” the DeSantis campaign is exerting significant effort to win the crucial state of Iowa in January.

Recent polls indicate that Trump has increased his lead over DeSantis and the other GOP candidates, the majority of whom are polling in the single digits, since he formally announced his candidacy for president in November.

“Even as he trails Trump by close to 30 percentage points in national polls, DeSantis and his advisers are sticking to a long-haul, Iowa-first strategy. They hope that an upset win in the state would stall Trump’s momentum, according to two sources close to the campaign, who asked not to be identified so that they could discuss campaign strategy,” Reuters noted, adding:

They acknowledged they might never fully close the national polling gap before Iowa’s caucuses on Jan. 15, the first in a series of nominating contests to decide the Republican nominee for the November 2024 presidential election.

The focus on Iowa appears to be a recognition by the campaign that DeSantis’ other paths to victory are shrinking, turning the Midwestern state into a do-or-die for him, according to more than a dozen interviews with the DeSantis campaign, Trump advisers, grassroots Republican operatives in Iowa and donors.

After a much-anticipated presidential launch on May 24, DeSantis is languishing a distant second in the Republican field and has yet to catch fire in any real way.

“A win in Iowa, a second in New Hampshire, we lose a couple of candidates before Nevada and South Carolina, and then we are in a bloody, two-person race,” said one of the two sources in comments to Reuters, making reference to follow-on primaries.

“He’s gotta have a win in the first three primaries, and Iowa is his best bet,” noted Chris Stirewalt, an election analyst with the American Enterprise Institute.

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