Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, stated in a recent interview that he would consider appointing Democratic 2024 White House hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to lead either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if he becomes president. However, DeSantis expressed hesitancy about choosing RFK Jr. as his vice president, citing differences in their political stances.
During the interview with OutKick’s Clay Travis, DeSantis voiced alignment with RFK Jr. on issues concerning Dr. Anthony Fauci and health bureaucracies’ corruption. Nonetheless, he pointed out that RFK Jr. holds more liberal views on certain topics, such as climate change denial and affirmative action. DeSantis stressed the need for a vice president who reflects the values of a broad coalition of voters.
In response to the interview, former Vice President Mike Pence, another GOP 2024 presidential hopeful, criticized DeSantis, stating that he would only consider Pro-Life Americans for positions like leading the FDA, CDC, or HHS. He made it clear that pro-abortion Democrats like RFK Jr. would not be on his list.
Meanwhile, DeSantis’ campaign announced a second round of layoffs to streamline operations, aiming to strengthen his position in the primary race.
Recently, RFK Jr. testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the weaponization of the federal government, where he discussed being censored by both the Trump and Biden administrations regarding his skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines. Kennedy has garnered praise from former President Trump, who has refused to attack Trump’s character, leading some to speculate about potential GOP strategies in the upcoming elections.
During the hearing, RFK Jr. faced criticism over remarks he made at a campaign event, suggesting that COVID-19 could have been ethnically targeted to affect specific racial groups. Kennedy clarified that he has never been anti-vaccine and denounced the use of pejorative terms like antisemitism and racism against him.
As the political landscape continues to evolve, DeSantis and other candidates are considering potential nominees for key positions, while Kennedy faces scrutiny for his statements and positions on various issues.