This week, new information emerged regarding who former President Donald Trump may choose as his potential running companion in 2024. Jennifer Harper, who writes the Inside the Beltway column for the Washington Times, described how Trump’s “choice of a running mate will be a crucial factor in his campaign” as he continues to lead the GOP nomination race.
A NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ survey asked voters a simple question: “Who among the following would you most prefer as the running mate for former President Trump in the 2024 presidential election?”
Here are the survey’s findings:
Former Vice President Mike Pence led with 15% of the vote, followed by South Carolina Senator Tim Scott with 13%, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley with 12%, and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene with 6%.
Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake received 5% of the vote, followed by Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York with 5%, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem with 3%, former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon with 2%, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds with 1%.
Here are the most revealing figures of all. In addition, 38% of respondents said “someone else” was their preference.
Several previous reports indicate, however, that Trump is truly in favor of choosing a female running mate.
The website 1945 was the most recent to report on Trump’s rumored preferences, stating that the former president is likely to “stun the world” with his 2024 VP pick and listing three women believed to be under consideration: Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Arizona Republican Kari Lake, and South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.
On Lake, the report states: “Lake certainly looked ascendant last fall when she was competing for Arizona’s governorship. She enjoyed Trump’s endorsement, and she enjoyed favorable coverage in conservative media. It’s not hard to understand why. Lake is a unique creature, spewing the hard right rhetoric that MAGA Nation finds so endearing while doing so with the glitz and polish of a seasoned TV reporter. She was delivering Trump’s message – but she was doing so without the spray tan and the guttural accent and the lack of eloquence. Rather, Lake delivered Trump’s message all pretty-like.”
On Greene, the report said: “Trump loves her and she loves Trump. And impressively, MTG seems to be pivoting into a position of more mainstream acceptance with the GOP (as demonstrated through her support of Kevin McCarthy for speaker). The version of MTG that can appeal to both MAGA and the mainstream is a concerning premise, and someone that Trump has his eye on as a prospective running mate with appeal in the newly-in-play Georgia.”
And on Noem, the report speculates: “The governor of South Dakota is apparently on Trump’s shortlist. Noem said she would be shocked if Trump chose her and I think she means it; she is a long-shot pick. But she’s got a few of the things Trump guns for. One, Noem has been loyal to Trump, vowing to support the former president through the 2024 campaign. And Trump values loyalty above seemingly all else.”
The 45th president will likely choose a vice presidential candidate who is “loyal,” “charismatic,” and “ideologically aligned” with him, according to Trump insiders.
Richard Hanania, a political forecaster, predicted earlier this month that Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who himself entered the GOP primary, will ultimately become Trump’s nominee.
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He believes that the selection of Scott, an African-American Republican who enjoys significant support among conservative circles, could be a strategic move of great significance. CONTINUE READING…