Democrats Focus on 16 Trump VP Candidates

 April 26, 2024

Democrats are taking aim at more than a dozen political leaders as former President Donald Trump's running mate.

The Democratic Senate Majority PAC has recommended 11 names for donors to choose for the fall debate with Vice President Kamala Harris, as The Conservative Brief reported.

“Take our new Democratic VP survey now: Who do you most want to see Vice President Kamala Harris take on and defeat in November?” the group said.

Names on the List

A total of fourteen names were provided by Emily's List, which cautioned that any individual chosen would be in favor of anti-abortion policies.

The candidates listed are Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Sen. JD Vance (R-OH), Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR), and Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

The list also added Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL), Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Tulsi Gabbard and Governor Greg Abbott of Texas were added to the Senate Majority PAC, while Rubio, DeSantis, Haley, Greene, and Lake were excluded. George L. Youngkin (R-Virgina) and former interim chief of intelligence Richard Grenell were conspicuously absent.

The Current Admin

It has been alleged by the group that since assuming office in 2021, Harris and President Joe Biden have consistently engaged in public conflict with Trump.

“Ever since Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice presidential nominee, they’ve worked tirelessly to defeat Donald Trump and deliver results for the American people. And they’re ready to do it again,” said the memo, according to the Washington Examiner.

Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany, a former press secretary for Donald Trump, expressed concern about one candidate's name on the roster in February. A former Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy was described by her as a "fool's errand" in her assessment of the possible VP candidate

Vivek's Chances

During an interview on Fox's "Outnumbered," co-host Dana Perino inquired about the likelihood that Trump would appoint Ramaswamy as his running mate, given that he withdrew from the GOP contest and has since endorsed Trump.

“I think slim to none,” McEnany said. “First, Jason Miller was asked about this — he advises President Trump — and he said no to Vivek. However, that was before Vivek dropped out.”

Republican voters, according to McEnany, do not prefer a vice presidential candidate who is a "carbon copy of the nominee." Further, she elaborated that it would be politically futile to include Ramaswamy because he does not bolster Trump's support base.

“Vivek and Trump, they pick up the same base of voters. It’s the MAGA voters, the conservative voters,” McEnany said. “You want someone who’s going to add to your ticket. I think we’re at a moment in time similar to 1980 where Reagan chose George H.W. Bush to unify the Republican Party.”

Ramaswamy consistently praised and defended the outgoing president during the 2024 primary campaign, when his opponents attacked him.

“Trump needs every single Republican vote, so choosing someone who is just like him, I think, is a fool’s errand,” McEnany said.

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