On Friday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) told the Hill in a brief interview that a potential Republican presidential ticket with former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) “would be terrific.”
He continued to say that he supported Trump in his presidential bid and added that Trump had a “special magic” which brought more people in. He then stated that he “think[s] very highly” of DeSantis but that he “selfishly” would like to see him remain the Florida governor for all four years that he was elected for.
Gaetz’s comments showed that supporters of former President Trump would be open to the possibility of DeSantis being involved in the presidential ticket. He further added that another running mate option for Trump would be Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
Regarding the Trump candidacy, he said that while he believed they would win, he thought that they would not be doing so with the same campaign they run in “2016 or 2020.” He noted that in 2024 there are many new issues that the American people are facing because of the Biden administration’s failures which will need to be addressed in a different campaign.
Other CPAC attendees also vocally expressed their support for a Trump 2024 bid.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who is another presidential candidate, is going to be speaking at the CPAC on Friday, as is possible GOP contender former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump is scheduled to speak Saturday.