Columnist suggests that Trump could pick Elise Stefanik as running mate

November 26, 2023

Most primary polls suggest that former President Donald Trump is all but assured of winning the Republican Party’s nomination. 

While Trump has remained silent on who he would pick as his running mate, one media observer recently suggested a name. 

Elise Stefanik has come to Trump’s defense

In an article published this past week, The Hill columnist Myra Adams argued that House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik is a strong vice presidential contender. 

Adams noted that the New York congresswoman has come to Trump’s defense in his New York civil fraud trial, such as when she accused Judge Arthur Engoron of behaving inappropriately. 

That included writing a letter to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct in which she alleged that Engoron had shown "inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance" while breaking "several rules."

Stefanik "a media magnet" but won’t "overshadow Trump"

Further, Myra noted that Stefanik “frequently races to the microphones” where she uses “her measured, articulate speaking style” to advocate on the former president’s behalf. 

https://twitter.com/RepStefanik/status/1722321587150458999

The columnist also pointed out that at 39, Stefanick is nearly four decades younger than Trump, with her youth being a possible counterbalance to the former president’s age. 

What’s more, Trump struggled to attract college educated suburban women in 2020, and Stefanik’s presence on the ticket could help him with the demographic. 

Adams went on to contend that although Stefanik is “a media magnet,” the lawmaker “is not a wild-card attention seeker” who would “overshadow Trump.”

Stefanik could "soften" Trump’s tone

"She would likely study how former Vice President Mike Pence faded into the background (with the notable exception of Jan. 6, 2021)," Adams wrote.

The author also predicted that Stefanik could serve to “soften” Trump’s often rough-sounding and allegedly "authoritarian" tone.  

"Stefanik, young but tough, loyal, and intelligent, might be perceived by Team Trump as a safe, 'normal' veep choice in what is likely to be an abnormal campaign, possibly foreshadowing the angriest administration in U.S. history," Adams wrote as she drew to a close. 

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