According to Trump insiders, the former president will select a vice presidential candidate who is “ideologically aligned” with him, has “charisma,” and is “loyal.”
The former president has indicated that “a lot of people” are “auditioning” behind the scenes for the position of Trump’s vice president. However, no formal discussions have narrowed the candidate pool.
According to insiders, Trump places great importance on how well you present yourself. In an interview with The Caller, a Republican adviser close to the Trump campaign said Trump would make sure the vice presidential nominee was “TV-ready” since this is “extremely important to him.”
“Loyalty ” is necessary for anyone aspiring to be Trump’s VP. Trump feels that Mike Pence betrayed him; this time, he wants someone he knows will be loyal to him.
The former president has not publicly disclosed who he is contemplating for his ticket and has even hinted that he wouldn’t rule out his primary opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Elise Stefanik of New York, presidential candidate Nikki Haley, Republican Govs. Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, and Kari Lake are suspected of vying for the vice presidential position.
According to sources close to his campaign, Trump will likely choose a woman as his running mate. Adding that Trump would choose a female not for the sake of diversity but because some female candidates would be a good fit for him.
A female candidate would “be an advantage to have on the ticket,” a Trump campaign official said; however, the election is still a long way off, and voters’ main concerns could change. The official added that he always had the impression that it would be a woman. Whenever he has spoken with Trump’s team, it’s always been assumed to be Elise Stefanik or another female candidate.
Before the former president announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, Stefanik was the first member of the GOP leadership to endorse Trump. She has a history of being loyal to the president, supporting him during the impeachment trials and in opposition to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
CNN reported, citing sources, that Stefanik was considered to be Trump’s running companion as early as May 2022, and the former president suggested she could be president in 2028. In May, Stefanik left the door open to running for vice president, stating that she doesn’t know what will happen in the future.
Despite speculation, Lake, who lost the Arizona gubernatorial election, is unlikely to be Trump’s choice, according to a Trump campaign official. Kari Lake is a constant source of nonsense. Kari Lake is not his choice for VP; she is instead vying for the Senate.
The official added that he also does not believe MTG would be considered as a VP candidate. Taylor Greene has denied vice-presidential ambition rumors. In her most recent remarks, she stated that she has not been thinking about it. Taylor Greene said she merely desired to participate in different committees for the past two years.
A consultant close to the campaign noted that Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley had not been mentioned enough.
Hawley is extremely interested in policy and does not intend to overshadow Trump. Unlike Mike Pence, Hawley’s ideology aligns with that of Donald Trump, and he looks the part, is presentable, and is pretty good on television.
An official supporting Trump’s campaign concurred that Hawley could be a “great pick,” but if he genuinely wanted to be his vice president, he believes Hawley would have endorsed Trump by now.