Political forecaster Richard Hanania predicts that if Donald Trump becomes the GOP nominee for the 2024 presidential race, he may choose Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina as his running mate, as reported by Conservative Report. Hanania believes that Scott’s identity as an African-American conservative with strong conservative support could be a strategic advantage, making it difficult for Democrats to criticize him.
In light of President Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his Vice President, an African American woman whose presence likely contributed to his support among women and African American voters, there are reports suggesting that Donald Trump is considering female candidates for the role. Some of the potential contenders mentioned include former Arizona Governor candidate Kari Lake, South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The consideration of female candidates may reflect the recognition of the importance of having a female Vice President in today’s political landscape.
Furthermore, there is significant speculation regarding Rep. Byron Donalds, a rising star in the GOP who expressed early support for Trump’s presidential campaign, as a potential unexpected selection. Other names that have been mentioned in relation to the vice presidential position include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna.
According to Conservative Brief:
The latest to report on Trump’s rumored preferences was the site 1945, which said the former president is likely to “stun the world” with his 2024 VP pick and listed three women thought to be under consideration: Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Arizona Republican Kari Lake, and South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem.
On Lake, the report states: “Lake certainly looked ascendant last fall when she was competing for Arizona’s governorship. She enjoyed Trump’s endorsement, and she enjoyed favorable coverage in conservative media. It’s not hard to understand why. Lake is a unique creature, spewing the hard right rhetoric that MAGA Nation finds so endearing while doing so with the glitz and polish of a seasoned TV reporter. She was delivering Trump’s message – but she was doing so without the spray tan and the guttural accent and the lack of eloquence. Rather, Lake delivered Trump’s message all pretty-like.”
On Greene, the report said: “Trump loves her and she loves Trump. And impressively, MTG seems to be pivoting into a position of more mainstream acceptance with the GOP (as demonstrated through her support of Kevin McCarthy for speaker). The version of MTG that can appeal to both MAGA and the mainstream is a concerning premise, and someone that Trump has his eye on as a prospective running mate with appeal in the newly-in-play Georgia.”
And on Noem, the report speculates: “The governor of South Dakota is apparently on Trump’s shortlist. Noem said she would be shocked if Trump chose her and I think she means it; she is a long-shot pick. But she’s got a few of the things Trump guns for. One, Noem has been loyal to Trump, vowing to support the former president through the 2024 campaign. And Trump values loyalty above seemingly all else.”
Amidst the ongoing 2024 presidential race, the choice of a running mate for Donald Trump, assuming he secures the GOP nomination, remains a subject of intense speculation. Richard Hanania, a political forecaster, proposes Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina as a potentially strategic selection for Trump’s ticket. However, there are also reports indicating Trump’s contemplation of female candidates, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kari Lake, Kristi Noem, Tulsi Gabbard, and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna.
These considerations highlight the acknowledgment of the significance of having a female Vice President in today’s political landscape. As the race progresses, the decision regarding Trump’s running mate promises to be a pivotal and closely watched aspect of the campaign.