Rumors are swirling that former President Donald Trump is already mulling over potential running mates should he decide to run for president for the fourth time in 2024.
“You can’t wait to run for president. But those doing it now look like they’re dancing on the grave and the political body’s still warm,” a Trump adviser told Politico.
And although no formal vetting process is yet underway, one thing is abundantly clear – the primary prerequisite for becoming Trump’s first officer is not being former Vice President Mike Pence.
Why, despite Pence having been Trump’s most devoted lapdog until he tried to overthrow the government on January 6th, would Trump not want Pence at his side?
Because – those close to Trump revealed – Pence refused to oversee the nullification of a legitimate American election that Trump lost in a landslide.
“The vice president is an incredible man and was a great vice president, but he has a huge obstacle — problem — in trying to be the nominee after dealing with what he’s dealt with over the last six months,” another insider said, adding that the chances of Trump picking Pence to run with him again are pretty much “zero.”
“GOP presidential candidates who disagree with Pence’s Jan. 6 electoral-vote rulings are almost certainly toast in the 2024 general election,” Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton told Politico.
So, how would one score the coveted number two spot on a potential Trump ticket in 2024?
“The best thing you can do is be out there for yourself and fundraising and stumping for candidates,” said a Trump adviser. “74 million people isn’t a base. It’s half the electorate. People are asking the wrong question — how do I keep Trump saying my name with a smile on his face? But they need to know how they should connect with his base.”
The list of potential candidates may include ex-United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, as well as United States Senators Josh Hawley (MO), Tom Cotton (AR), Ted Cruz (TX) (for some reason), and Tim Scott (SC).
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