J.D. Vance sidesteps Trump VP speculation after rumors of joining short list

 December 11, 2023

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) sidestepped answering questions about being a potential vice presidential running mate for former President Donald Trump in 2024.

The questions came during a CNN interview following growing speculation over Vance's possible addition to the Trump ticket.

The comments

“Look, I was elected to be a senator for the people of Ohio,” he said during the weekend interview on "State of the Union."

“I think that’s the way that I’m most effective. But I’m going to help Trump however I can, because I think he was a good president. I think the American people will benefit from having him [as] president again," he added.

The options

"Those who'd be considered include J.D. Vance, the 'Hillbilly Elegy' author and a MAGA favorite; Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders; Kari Lake, a leading election denier now running for U.S. Senate in Arizona, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem," Axios reported.

"Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), one of the few Black Republicans in Congress, has traveled with Trump on the campaign and would love to be V.P. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who lost her House committee assignments because she pushed baseless conspiracy theories, also gets mentioned," it continued.

Opposing Ukraine Giving

"Our Ukraine policy is unsustainable. The average age of a soldier in their army is 43–older than me," Vance said during the same interview about Ukraine.

"No one can articulate what $61 billion will accomplish, so we need to be pushing a negotiated end to the war," he noted.

Vance also showed his strong support of Trump during the interview, highlighting his economic abilities in leading the nation in contrast with President Joe Biden.

He attacked the Biden administration's policies for requiring $10,000 for a family in his state of Ohio to have the same buying power as under Trump.

The support for the former president was clear, but it's uncertain whether Vance will win the ultimate prize of joining Trump's ticket if he becomes the nominee next year.

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