DeSantis and Haley battle over hypothetical acceptance of Trump VP position

By Jen Krausz on
 December 16, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are battling for the second tier of GOP candidacy for 2024, and their latest battle is over their respective intentions to become a vice presidential candidate for former President Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee.

"She will not answer directly -- and she owes you an answer to this -- will she accept a vice presidential nomination from Donald Trump? Yes or no?" DeSantis said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. "And I can tell you under any circumstance I will not accept that because that's not why I'm running. I'm running for the nomination and to be president. ... I'd rather be governor than vice president, no question."

“I’m the only one that can beat [Trump] — there’s a reason they spend money against me. He has not spent any money against her," DeSantis added.

Through a spokesperson, Haley said she wasn't interested in the second-in-command job, either.

In reality, neither DeSantis nor Haley have much of a chance to beat Trump for the nomination, since they both trail the former president by more than 30 points in recent polls.

While DeSantis has a few points more support than Haley with Republicans, it seems like Haley has a good deal more support with Democrat candidates than any of the other candidates including Trump, according to numerous surveys.