Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had pledged to support former President Donald Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination for 2024.
DeSantis shared the response with Wisconsin Right Now in a discussion about the election.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) confirmed he would support former President Donald Trump — or any other Republican presidential candidate — should he lose the 2024 primary contest. https://t.co/2rOiry0lri
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 12, 2023
“I am going to support the Republican nominee,” DeSantis told "Wisconsin Right Now" podcast when asked if he would support Trump.
“At the end of the day, you go through these processes and voters make a decision and you live with it,” DeSantis added.
'I'm not a number two guy,' DeSantis says in Wisconsin. 'I think I'm a leader.' https://t.co/0FCKQwVlkQ
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 13, 2023
The words come after DeSantis also recently stated that he would not be open to serving as vice president under Trump.
"I don't think so," DeSantis told a Wisconsin conservative news platform this week. "I'm not a No. 2 guy. I think I'm a leader."
DeSantis remains steadfast that he's in the election to win it, shrugging off Trump's early poll leads despite the former president's legal battles and numerous GOP challengers.
The Florida governor rose to prominence for pushing back against the Biden administration's restrictions during COVID-19, emphasizing freedom for all Americans.
His no-nonsense approach has helped him reach number-two status behind Trump but it's unclear if he can overcome the final hurdle of defeating the former president for the nomination to battle Biden. The commitment to supporting the nominee is also important for those seeking to participate in the GOP debates, with Trump so far opting not to join.
His latest comments show he's playing for the long term, knowing that he could be around to run again even if 2024 doesn't work out.