Donald Trump’s role as the presumptive GOP nominee for president is pretty well set in stone at this point, given the sheer sense of revenge that his platform carries with it. His suggestions about the impartiality of the 2020 election have provided him with a sustenance in American politics that it’s exactly idolatry, but just barely.
And so there is great speculation about just how Trump will be approaching his choice of Vice President, and what sort of effect this could have on the race as a whole.
The latest rumors about his potential campaign partners are painting a rather distinct picture.
The shadow campaign to become former President Donald Trump‘s 2024 running mate if he wins the nomination is taking shape, though multiple sources say there is no clear front-runner.
Trump has signaled he will ditch his previous No. 2, former Vice President Mike Pence, who has his eyes set on his own White House bid. More than a dozen Trump campaign veterans and former administration officials believe the former president will likely select a woman to join him on the ticket in an effort to win back the female voters he hemorrhaged to President Joe Biden in 2020.
So, who made it to the shortlist?
Sources say that potential candidates must display one defining characteristic, an unflinching loyalty to the former president, and most of the MAGA figures who spoke to the Washington Examiner agree that four women in particular are on Trump’s short list: Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR), and former Arizona journalist Kari Lake.
Sanders, the youngest governor in the United States and the longest-tenured press secretary in the Trump White House, flew up political draft boards after she delivered what Trump supporters agree was an “exceptionally strong” response to Biden’s State of the Union on Feb. 7.
Trump appears to be headed toward a rather intense race against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the primary, however, and there’s no telling if the Sunshine State lawmaker has been poaching some of these potential picks.
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