Gov. Greg Abbott is tamping down speculation that he may join President Donald Trump as his running mate, saying he plans on staying in Texas and running for re-election.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday, Trump said Abbott was on his shortlist of candidates for vice president.

“He’s a spectacular man. I was honored when I got his endorsement,” said Trump with Abbott beside him.

“He’s done a great job. Yes, certainly, he would be somebody that I would very much consider. So, he’s on the list,” he added.

While Abbott did not comment during the interview, he was asked about the former president and current GOP frontrunner’s remarks on Friday during a press conference at the governor’s mansion.

“Obviously, it’s very nice to say, but I think you all know that my focus is entirely on the state of Texas,” said Abbott, adding that he would be seeking re-election to a fourth term in 2026.

“So my commitment is to Texans, and I’m staying in Texas.”

Though it is not uncommon in politics to downplay future possibilities, should Abbott run and win another four years in office, he would become the state’s longest-serving governor, surpassing his predecessor Rick Perry’s 14 years.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens