Former President Donald Trump talked about being President Trump again on Saturday at an event with former top Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
In addition, Trump discussed who he might like to see as his running mate, and it wasn’t former Vice President Mike Pence.
Specifically, Trump seems warm to the idea of having fellow Floridian and current Sunshine State Gov. Ron DeSantis as his No. 2, a choice that, ultimately, would raise DeSantis’ chances of taking over for Trump in 2028 since the former president can only serve one more term.
“I think Ron would be good,” Trump said Saturday at a “History Tour” stop with O’Reilly in Sunrise, Florida, with Newsmax adding:
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?’
“I think Mike would be tough,” Trump added.
After O’Reilly posed a running mate question, Trump said it’s not a favorite of his.
“I don’t love this question, because there are a lot of them,” Trump said. “There are a lot of people.”
Last week USA Features News reported that Pence may be making moves to run for the Oval Office himself come 2024.
While other potential GOP candidates have remained tight-lipped about their intentions, Pence has been ramping up visits to early primary states, such as New Hampshire, he noted in a Christian Broadcasting Network interview.
Conservative Brief adds:
New Hampshire has conducted America’s earliest primary since 1920, so aspiring politicians flock to the tiny northeastern state every presidential cycle. Pence’s upcoming visit has some convinced that Pence has his eyes on a 2024 presidential bid.
Pence also spoke about what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
“On January 6th, I said that I believe there were irregularities about which I was concerned, and I wanted them to have a fair hearing before the Congress,” Pence said.
“But from the founding of this nation forward, it’s been well established that elections are to be governed at the state level and that the only role that Congress has is to open and count the electoral votes that are submitted by states across the country. No more no less than that,” he added.