Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis avoided outright answering Monday whether he would challenge former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” DeSantis was asked about a possible 2024 matchup.
“Let’s cut the small talk,” host Pete Hegseth said. “2022’s coming up, 2024. We know President Trump is considering a run. We know your name is atop that list as well. Where does that all sit in your mind right now?”
“It just sits when people always bring up my name,” DeSantis responded. “We’ve got a lot going on.”
DeSantis said his focus is winning his 2022 race and helping to bring a “red wave,” which he says is possible given President Joe Biden’s unpopularity. (RELATED: DeSantis Says Biden Is ‘Trying To Make Excuses’ For His Low Approval Ratings)
Hegseth tried to circle back to the question once more while referencing “Top Gun.”
“You should see ‘Top Gun,’ it’s amazing. Genuinely curious, if he runs do you run? How do you make that decision?”
“Nice try man,” DeSantis responded. “We’re having fun here. It’s all good.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt followed up by asking “when will you announce or when will most candidates announce? Not until after midterms?”
“I have no idea,” DeSantis replied. “At the end of the day, the interesting thing about me is people always inject my name into it just based off what I’m doing in Florida. And so, you know, we’ve really gotten more notoriety not because I’m out trying to do that just because I’m getting things done for my people in my state.”
A recent straw poll held at the 2022 Western Conservative Summit found DeSantis received 71% of support for a 2024 run while Trump had a 68% favorability. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz placed third with a 29% approval rating.
DeSantis responded to the poll saying he doesn’t “do straw polls.”
“They just put my name to these things, you know? So, what am I supposed to do? Like they sell merchandise and everything.”