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Amid a recent report in which Trump tells his friends that he plans to run for president again in 2024, the conversation is apparently serious enough that his close confidantes are already looking for possible vice presidential candidates.
While popular belief is that, should Trump run, he will step into the 2024 Republican nomination, the question still remains of choosing a running mate who can power the grassroots and beat any Democrat ticket that comes up.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Politico reports that former VP Mike Pence is not a possible candidate.
So who is
Draw from me:
Trump has told at least three of his youngest dinner friends that he plans to run for president in 2024, a top GOP source tells me https://t.co/yJmojchBLa
– Andy Kroll (@AndyKroll) July 19, 2021
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The need for a fresh face
Donald Trump has made no formal announcements and most likely will not do so until after the 2022 midterm elections.
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There’s no official review process either, but as the speculation begins, one thing is almost certain: Former Vice President Mike Pence won’t be on the ticket.
When asked if pence could be number two on the ticket, a Trump adviser replied “zero” again.
Politico reports that many Trump supporters remain angry with Pence and his decision to confirm the 2020 election. Pence has also been a guest speaker at several Conservative events over the past few months where he received a cool reception.
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Let the veepstakes begin
So who could be one of the serious contenders for second place should Donald Trump choose to run?
Currently, the list reportedly includes Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former State Secretary Mike Pompeo, and Senators Tim Scott, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley.
Governor Ron DeSantis is a former Florida Congressman, popular governor, and ally of Trump. He is absolutely a rising star among the Conservatives for his tough conversations with the media and for his handling of the Sunshine State pandemic.
DeSantis even beat Trump in a recent poll of conservative activists at the Western Conservative Summit.
DeSantis has urged police officers to seek employment in Florida for support there and has urged President Joe Biden to help Cubans who are protesting the communist regime in that country.
DeSantis is certainly the current runner-up, although we are a long way from 2024.
Governor Kristi Noem recently made a misstep when she failed to sign a South Dakota ban on biological men playing on girls’ sports teams. (She later signed an executive order.)
She is also a friend of Donald Trump and called the hypocrisy of the Biden administration for obtaining a permit for fireworks at Mt. Rushmore during one at the White House.
Noem also recently dispatched South Dakota National Guard troops to assist border police agents in Texas.
She earned high praise from conservatives for her refusal to lock down her state during the pandemic.
Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is also a former governor of South Carolina.
In the immediate aftermath of the January 6 riot, she had nothing good to say about Trump and appeared to distance herself from him by saying the party should not have listened to or followed him.
That backfired when she requested a meeting with Trump at Mar-A-Lago in February and was rejected. Recently she called on every state governor to ban the critical theory of race.
Former Sec. Of State Mike Pompeo became the best diplomat in the country under President Donald Trump in 2018. Prior to becoming Secretary of State, he served in Congress in the fourth district of Kansas.
During his tenure in Congress, he served on the House Intelligence Committee, the Energy and Trade Committee, and the House Committee on Benghazi.
Trump ‘100%’ considers DeSantis to be a possible VP selection in 2024 https://t.co/hvrlKzB8TV via @@ trumptrain_news
– Norman Firebaugh (@FirebaughNorman) April 30, 2021
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Rounding out the list
To complete the current list of possible candidates, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina was first appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley to fill Jim DeMint’s seat. He later won the seat election.
Although Trump did well with minority voters in 2020, Scott would have the power to potentially raise the black votes for the ticket and was a strong Senate lead for the president’s criminal justice reform efforts.
Former Trump opponent Ted Cruz of Texas would be a strong voice for border security and could still have presidential ambitions.
Senator Tom Cotton is serving his second term in the Senate and is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He would be a strong voice for the military and for veterans.
Newly minted Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has stepped onto the political scene as Attorney General for Missouri and made a noise for his populist views.
He was a strong leader in the war against big tech and censorship. However, a disadvantage for him may be a lack of experience.
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