Observers say Kari Lake is among those Trump make select as a running mate

 January 14, 2024

Current polling data suggests former President Donald Trump is all but assured of winning the Republican Party's nomination this summer.

That fact has observers speculating on who Trump might pick as his running mate, with Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake's name coming up. Yet for her part, Lake has little to say on the matter. 

Senate candidate "not really worried" about who Trump

Politico reported that Lake was busy campaigning for Trump in Iowa last week ahead of that state's caucuses, which are scheduled for January 15.

She spoke to the website following an event there, saying that media interest in who the former president will go with is "very interesting," adding, "I don't think that same question of you know, who the VP is, is asked of Haley and DeSantis."

"So I think it's great because it tells me that even the media understands that DeSantis and Haley don't have a snowball's chance in Phoenix of winning this thing," she continued.

When asked about the prospect of being chosen by Trump, she stated, "I'm not really worried about who he picks, I'm not focused on that."

"He'll pick a great VP. Whoever he picks, I'm going to show up, I will crawl over broken glass to vote for them. And I want to help him in the Senate, and that's what I plan to do," Lake stressed.

Trump knows "who it's going to be"

The issue of vice president was also raised by Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum during a town hall event held this past Wednesday.

"I can't tell you that really," the former president replied when asked about the identity of his running mate. However, Trump quickly added that he knows "who it's going to be."

When asked if he would consider selecting any of his primary opponents, Trump jokingly mentioned former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Steven Bannon suggests Trump will pick a woman

Meanwhile, former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon argued last month that Trump's vice presidential selection is likely to be female.

Bannon told former White House press secretary Sean Spicer that potential candidates include Kristi Noem, Elise Stefanik, Kari Lake, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Nancy Mace, and Marsha Blackburn.

One name Bannon excluded from the list is former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, someone he described as a "non-starter."

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