Former President Donald Trump has not yet named a running companion for his 2024 campaign, but that does not mean he hasn’t decided on someone. Several names have been mentioned in reports indicating that the 45th president will likely choose a female running colleague.
One of these individuals, former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, visits Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida so frequently that she is described as “practically living” there.
“Kari Lake is there all the time,” an unnamed source told People magazine. “There’s a suite there that she practically lives in.”
However, a Lake spokesperson denied there was any truth to these allegations.
“Kari Lake often speaks at events all over the country in support of America First candidates and organizations; and when she does have the honor of being invited to speak at the beautiful Mar-a-Lago, she overnights at Hilton properties in Palm Beach with her loving husband of 25 years,” said a statement from a Lake adviser to People.
“No candidates have publicly announced their intent to be Trump’s VP, but the former president has indicated that ‘a lot of people’ are ‘auditioning’ behind the scenes. Trump insiders told the Caller that although there haven’t been any formal discussions to narrow down the pool, there are a set of characteristics that will likely be considered,” the Daily Caller reported earlier this spring.
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In a recent report by Politico, an unnamed Trump adviser was quoted as saying that the 45th president will likely choose a running mate “from three general lanes of candidates: women, conservatives of color, or a trusted adviser.”
And, according to a distinct report from the Washington Examiner, four Republican women could be near the top of Trump’s shortlist: Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, and Senator Susan Lake.
The Washington Examiner added the following:
Sanders, the youngest governor in the United States and the longest-serving press secretary in the Trump White House, soared up political selection boards after her “exceptionally strong” response to Vice President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on February 7.
Noem was elected as South Dakota’s first female governor in 2018 after spending more than a decade in the House of Representatives and has made a name for herself as a leading Republican lawmaker in the so-called “culture wars.”
In 2015, Stefanik was elected as a moderate Republican; however, after serving on the president’s defense team during his first impeachment, she has moved to the right. She frequently brags about her close relationship with Trump and endorsed his 2024 bid days before he declared his candidacy.
Lake is perhaps the strangest potential pick and one many current and former Trump advisers hope he avoids. The former Phoenix-area news anchor lost her Trump-endorsed 2022 gubernatorial bid against Democrat Katie Hobbs, but she only further endeared herself to the former president by repeatedly claiming that widespread fraud occurred in the 2020 election.
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