A host for Sky News believes that Republican presidential contenders will run and win for the next dozen or so years, and that includes two very familiar names to GOP voters.
Sky News reporter Rowan Dean is arguing that Donald Trump will run for president in 2024 and then DeSantis will run in 2028 while arguing that Republicans have a lot to be optimistic about in the near future.
Speaking on Sky News Australia’s “Outsiders” program, former Trump campaign official and GETTR CEO Jason Miller said he believes that Trump will run again in 2024, and that he likely wouldn’t pick DeSantis as his running mate.
“I don’t think we’ll hear any sort of announcement until 2023, maybe late 2022”, Miller said.
“I don’t think he will be running against Joe Biden, though. I think he will be running against Kamala Harris, or, more likely, California governor Gavin Newsom,” he added.
Regarding whether he thinks DeSantis could be Trump’s running mate, Miller explained: “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Governor DeSantis before, and I don’t think Ron wants to be Vice-President. I think Ron wants to be President. He’s a young guy, he’s in his early 40s.”
That news seemed to energize Dean who declared: “So what you’re saying is Trump 2024, DeSantis 2028, and 2032. Perfect. We’ve got 12 great years coming… You’ve given us all hope!”
In July, a survey found that if Trump decides not to run in 2024, DeSantis would be the hands-down favorite to become the GOP nominee.
Currently, DeSantis remains focused on his 2022 reelection campaign, but increasingly, Republican voters are showing their support for him as a presidential candidate if the former president decides against running again.
An Echelon Insights survey conducted in June found that DeSantis received a plurality of support in a 19-candidate field sans Trump.
DeSantis maintained a 7-point lead with 21% over the next-closest challenger, former Vice President Mike Pence, who garnered 14%.
Here was the breakdown:
- Ron DeSantis 21%.
- Mike Pence 14%.
- Donald Trump, Jr 7%.
- Nikki Haley 6%.
- Ted Cruz 6%.
- Mitt Romney 4%.
- Marco Rubio 3%.
- Tim Scott 2%.
- Tucker Carlson 1%.
- Greg Abbott 1%.
- Kristi Noem 1%.
- Rick Scott 1%.
- Liz Cheney 1%.
- Chris Christie 1%.
- Mike Pompeo *%.
- Larry Hogan *%.
- Tom Cotton *%.
- Ben Sasse *%.
- Josh Hawley *%.
- Someone else 2%.
In December, however, DeSantis smacked down rumors of a 2024 run, saying he is instead focused on making sure “people are not supporting critical race theory.”
“I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job. We got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year,” the Republican told Fox News host Sean Hannity.