Former president and current GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump has named two potential running mates for his 2024 presidential campaign — both of whom have been named by many conservatives as their preferred vice presidential pick.
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During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo, Trump was asked about his plans for picking a running mate. The former president named Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) as two possibilities.
“Well, I have a lot of good people. We have a lot of really good people,” he told Bartiromo. “I have a lot of good ideas, but I haven’t — and there’s no reason to do that quickly.”
Trump explained that he would not be making that decision for “a while,” but noted that the most important metric for picking his running mate would be that the individual would be a good president in the future.
“I speak to everybody,” he said. “I called Tim Scott… and I said, ‘you’re a much better candidate for me than you are for yourself.’ When I watched Tim, he was fine, he was good, but he was very low-key, et cetera, et cetera.”
“I watched him in the last week defending me and sticking up for me and fighting for me,” Trump added. “I said, man, I said, ‘you’re a much better person for me than you are for yourself’, because, for himself, he was low-key. For me, he’s been a real tiger. He’s been incredible. And others have too.”
Trump went on to hint that it “could be” Scott, pointing out that he had received a great endorsement from the South Carolina senator and noting that endorsing his 2024 presidential campaign was a requirement for being chosen as VP.
He also mentioned Noem as a potential pick, explaining that the South Dakota governor “has been incredible fighting for me. She said, I’d never run against him because I can’t beat him. That was a very nice thing to say.”
Trump brings up Tim Scott and Kristi Noem when asked about his pick for Vice President
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Both Scott and Noem have been widely speculated to be among Trump’s list of potential running mates for some time now, as many commentators have pointed out that these two Republican politicians would be great additions to his ticket because they have the potential to bring new voters for Trump — with Scott bringing in some moderate Republicans and potentially swaying Black voters, while Noem could bring in votes from suburban women.