As the 2024 election looms, once question is on everyone’s mind: Who will Trump choose to run alongside him as VP?
Trump himself has said that the decision has already been made, but that he can’t reveal it, just yet.
However, a new report by Axios just dropped a ‘shortlist’ of potential running mates…
Here they are:
- Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
- Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH)
- Nikki Haley
Axios says Elise Stefanik, JD Vance, and Nikki Haley have emerged as the top 3 on President Trump's VP list. pic.twitter.com/cSyIBQD48T
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 19, 2024
Trump told Fox News last week that he’s already decided on a running mate. His campaign downplayed that claim, but there’s little doubt — based on media reports and chatter from top surrogates — that a shortlist has emerged:
1. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the chair of the House GOP conference, is “at the top,” former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon told NBC News.
- Stefanik was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump and will campaign with the former president in New Hampshire tomorrow ahead of the state’s Jan. 23 primary.
- “She’s a killer,” Trump reportedly told allies in December, shortly after Stefanik’s viral confrontation with university presidents at a hearing on campus anti-Semitism.
2. Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) is one of Trump’s most outspoken defenders in a Senate GOP full of skeptics, sharing the former president’s populist views on immigration and “America First” foreign policy.
- “I’d love to see a J.D. Vance,” Donald Trump Jr., who prides himself on his ability to channel the MAGA base, told Newsmax as he rattled off his shortlist. “People who are principally in alignment as well as aggressive.”
3. Nikki Haley has insisted she doesn’t “play for second,” but a unity ticket — which Trump was reportedly considering in December — could help attract moderates and swing voters that he’ll need for the general election.
- The pick would trigger all-out revolt in MAGA world, however, as Haley’s hawkish foreign policy views and establishment ties are anathema to everything expected in a second Trump term.
- “I would not only not vote for that ticket, I would advocate against it as strongly as I could,” Tucker Carlson — himself a dark-horse VP candidate — pledged last month.
NOTE: Now, keep in mind this ‘shortlist’ was not revealed by President Trump himself, but from media reports and several ‘insiders’ claiming to be close to Trump. So, take that for what it’s worth.
Resist the Mainstream added some additional insight:
Following former President Donald Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, many major Republican voices have begun vying for the vice presidency in another potential Trump presidency. Several insiders say that Trump has narrowed down his list of potential running mates to a short list of three.
The people closest to Trump say that the reasoning behind each candidate varies, as well as their respective benefits and drawbacks, but they say the former president has reasons to believe that each would be a net plus for his candidacy against President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
What do you think?
Which, if any, of these 3 would you like to see Trump choose as his running mate?