DeSantis Contemplates RFK Jr. for Top CDC or FDA Role

Matt Johnson

In a recent interview, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has expressed his openness to the idea of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democratic presidential candidate, taking up a health-related role in his administration, should he be elected president.

DeSantis and Kennedy have found common ground in their shared criticisms of Dr. Anthony Fauci and the perceived corruption within health bureaucracies. DeSantis suggested that Kennedy could be a good fit for leadership roles within the Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, DeSantis has ruled out the possibility of Kennedy being his running mate due to their differing political views. He cited Kennedy’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action policies and his past stance on climate change as potential issues for their conservative base. Despite this, DeSantis acknowledged the appeal of Kennedy’s stance on medical issues.

Kennedy, on his part, has expressed his views on climate change and energy through a campaign video, advocating for the use of free markets and rejecting fear as a means of control. DeSantis has also mentioned considering Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds as a potential running mate, praising her as a top public servant.

The governor’s comments about Kennedy have drawn criticism from his Republican counterparts. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is also running for president, stated on Twitter that he would only consider pro-life Americans for health-related leadership roles, ruling out pro-abortion Democrats like Kennedy.

The latest polls show DeSantis and Pence trailing behind former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential primary. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden leads the Democratic field, with Kennedy in second place.