Kellyanne Conway pumps Tim Scott for VP

 February 6, 2024

Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said that Tim Scott "checks a lot of the boxes" to be Donald Trump's running mate, as speculation continues over who will be chosen. 

Conway told Fox News' America Reports that Trump is in a luxurious position because of his unusually early march to victory in the primary.

“I think President Trump has a lot of runway when it comes to choosing his running mate. He is probably the nominee for a challenger the earliest that we have had ever or in quite a while and he has an embarrassment of riches," she said.

Scott for VP?

Making the case for Scott, Conway said the black Republican would help counter the narrative that minorities are automatic Democrats.

"I think that Tim Scott checks a lot of the boxes, somebody who dropped out of the race and is actively campaigning for President Trump, but who will eat into this notion that the Democrats have a lock on African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, union households," she said.

She also said that Scott, a pro-life Chrisitan, is a skilled communicator on one of the most vulnerable issues for Republicans: abortion.

"He seems to be able to explain how the other side is extreme and what it means to be pro-life in 2024.”

Trump keeps country guessing

While it's clear who Conway wants for the job, Trump has kept the country guessing about who will ultimately receive the honor.

He shared some of his most direct hints yet in a Fox News interview Sunday, in which he mentioned Scott and South Dakota governor Kristi Noem as possible candidates but said it would be "a while" before his final decision.

"When I watched Tim, he was fine, he was good, but he was very low-key. I watched him in the last week, defending me, and sticking up for me and fighting for me," Trump told Maria Bartiromo.

Scott ran a short-lived presidential campaign that was backed by some prominent Republicans like Senate Minority Whip John Thune (Sd.).

Since ending his candidacy, Scott has vigorously defended Trump - who Scott endorsed over Nikki Haley, despite the fact that Haley appointed Scott to his Senate seat when she was governor of South Carolina.

Trump reminded Scott of that during a viral moment in New Hampshire in which Scott told Trump, "I just love you."

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