While the entire country still waits for final confirmation on whether or not former President Donald Trump will make another run at the White House in 2024, the Republican bench is already looking impressively deep.
According to Fox News, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has said on several occasions that she’s not interested in a 2024 presidential ticket, however, pundits have recently pointed out that her recent actions, including being confirmed as a speaker at an influential Iowa event, suggest otherwise.
Could it happen?
Noem, who skyrocketed in popularity since being elected as the South Dakota governor, happens to also be highly regarded among Trump’s tens of millions of supporters.
Her stance on issues such as law enforcement, personal freedoms, the Second Amendment and other key issues that most conservative voters place importance on has given her an easy edge for a potential White House run, though the governor has gone on record indicating that she’s not interested in that route.
Last week, Noem was confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming 10th annual FAMiLY Leadership Summit, a huge event put on by the Iowa-based social conservative group known as The FAMiLY Leader.
Iowa and the events held throughout the state in the lead-up to an election are typically attended by candidates with the White House in their sights, given that the state’s caucuses signal the start of the presidential nominating calendar.
“We are grateful to once again welcome nationally prominent voices and leaders to Iowa for the FAMiLY Leadership Summit,” said the organization’s president and CEO, Bob Vander Plaats.
Of course, New Hampshire is another popular destination for White House hopefuls, as the state is the earliest in the country to hold its primary election. Making appearances at New Hampshire events can also send a strong signal that a person is chasing White House dreams.
Noem happened to be the featured speaker at a recent virtual event hosted by the “Right of Center” group in “The Granite State,” which is made up of the state’s most influential conservative activists and leaders.
In addition to that appearance, Noem was a heavy-hitter at this year’s Florida-based Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), even placing second in the CPAC presidential nomination straw poll of candidates who could represent the party if Trump decides not to run.
She was only bested in the straw poll by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who also remains extremely popular among Trump’s base of supporters, for similar reasons as Noem, especially with regard to how they handled restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Noem’s appearance on a 2024 ticket is a long way off, it’s not out of the realm of possibility, given her recent actions and those likely scheduled in the future, that she could be on the presidential ticket in 2024 — if not as president, perhaps as a running mate for The Donald.