Credit: The Hill
Former President Donald Trump has not announced who his running mate with be for his 2024 presidential run, but a report this week had a few names that could be high on his list.
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Politico previously reported that an unnamed Trump adviser said that Trump would likely choose a running mate “from three general lanes of candidates: women, conservatives of color, or a trusted adviser.”
Now, according to a new report from the Washington Examiner, these are four Republican women that would be high on Trump’s shortlist: North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and former Arizona journalist Kari Lake.
One name not mentioned in the Washington Examiner report is Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. However, her name has floated around recently in the media.
The Washington Examiner reported:
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.
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.”
Stefanik, the current chairwoman of the House GOP conference, was elected as a centrist Republican in 2015 but, after serving on the president’s defense team during his first impeachment, has shifted increasingly to the right. She frequently touts her strong ties to Trump and even endorsed his 2024 run days before he announced 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.
Concerning Greene, people are not ruling her out as a potential VP pick.
“This is no shrinking violet, she’s ambitious — she’s not shy about that, nor should she be,” said Steve Bannon, host of the top podcast “War Room.”
“She sees herself on the shortlist for Trump’s VP. Paraphrasing Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror she sees a potential president smiling back,” he added.
“She’s both strategic and disciplined — she made a power move, knowing it would run up hard against her most ardent crew,” Bannon added.
“She was prepared to take the intense heat/hatred short-term for the long-term goal of being a player.”
Many people have noted that Trump values loyalty very highly and that Greene has been consistently loyal to Trump throughout the years.
New York Times Magazine writer Robert Draper said that Greene possesses that loyalty that Trump values.
“She has always been there for Trump. She has always had his back and after his experience with his last running mate, Mike Pence, it’s clear that he’s going to prize loyalty above all else, so I wouldn’t count it out,” he said.
Trump’s pick will be exciting, to say the least. He has not announced anything officially, as of yet.