Trump Gives Two Names When Asked About Running Mate
Former President Donald Trump revealed in a Sunday interview with Maria Bartiromo that he is considering two individuals for his potential vice presidential running mate in the next election cycle. He named Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as potential candidates during the interview. Trump emphasized that he wants someone who would make a great president and that he will take his time before announcing his final decision.
When asked about his criteria for selecting a running mate, Trump responded, “I have a lot of good ideas, but I haven’t- and there’s no reason to do that quickly,” indicating that he will carefully consider his options. He also stated that he has a “lot of good people” in mind for the role, further emphasizing that the top quality he is looking for in a vice president is someone who can step into the role of president if needed.
Trump expressed his admiration for Senator Tim Scott, who he recently spoke to on the phone. He praised the Senator for defending and fighting for him in the last week, calling him a “real tiger.” This sentiment is a notable shift in Trump’s thinking, considering that he previously referred to Scott as “low-key” during his bid for re-election. However, now Trump appears to see Scott as a more suitable candidate for vice president than he did before.
The former President also recalled Governor Kristi Noem’s endorsement of him, stating that she has been “incredible” in her support. He quoted Noem as saying, “I’d never run against him because I can’t beat him,” which he saw as a significant compliment. Trump further highlighted that Noem’s loyalty and strong support for him make her a potential candidate for the position of vice president in the future.
However, Trump clarified that Scott and Noem are not the only two candidates in the running, stating that he has spoken to many others and will continue to do so before making his decision. He emphasized that getting an endorsement from him is a requirement for being considered for the position. This statement aligns with Trump’s previous actions, where he has endorsed several Republican candidates for various positions within the party.
Trump brings up Tim Scott and Kristi Noem when asked about his pick for Vice President
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It is worth noting that while Trump has stated he is considering Scott and Noem for vice president, neither of them has officially announced their candidacy for the 2024 election. Both Scott and Noem have expressed their loyalty and support for Trump, but it is uncertain if they would accept the position of vice president if offered. Many political experts believe that Scott and Noem are both strong contenders for the role, given their close relationships with Trump.
Trump also added that he will take his time when deciding on a running mate, indicating that he is in no rush to make a decision. He pointed out that he wants a vice president who would be a good candidate for himself, someone who is strong, loyal, and can fight for his ideas and policies. This requirement highlights the importance of a running mate who is aligned with Trump’s values and able to support him effectively.
In the interview, Trump also spoke about other potential candidates, expressing that he has spoken to several Republicans who he believes would make good contenders. However, he did not reveal any other names, indicating that he is keeping his options open. It is clear that the former President is taking his time to decide on his vice presidential running mate, and it will likely be a while before we know who will be on the ticket in 2024.