The former GOP gubernatorial candidate for Arizona, Kari Lake, dampened down a report that indicated that the former U.S. President Donald Trump is considering her as his potential running mate for the 2024 presidential elections.
According to a report by Axios:
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“Former President Trump is strongly considering picking a female running mate — and sees Kari Lake as a model for his vice presidential pick, according to people who discussed the topic with him. Trump is already gaming out the general election in November 2024 — and knows he has a massive weakness with the white suburban women he would need to beat President Biden.”
The report added:
“Lake, a former TV anchor who lost her race for Arizona governor in November, meets Trump’s most important qualification for a No. 2: She has shown she’s willing to defend him vociferously, no matter the issue or controversy. But Trump friends say Lake carries a big downside: He wants no risk that his running mate could outshine him. Lake would be assumed to be angling for president from the day she entered the White House. She made a political trip to Iowa last month.”
In response to the Axios report, Donald Trump’s spokesperson, Steven Cheung stated:
“Anyone who thinks they know what President Trump is going to do is seriously misinformed and trying to curry favor with ‘potential’ V.P. candidates. President Trump will choose his running mate on his own time, and those who are playing the media game are doing so at their own peril.”
Kari Lake’s team poured cold water over the idea.
While talking with the Daily Mail, Lake stated:
“I am 100% dedicated to serving as Arizona Governor. I will also work to make sure President Trump gets back in the White House ASAP. Anything outside of those two goals is nothing but a distraction.”