Speculation grows over who Trump might pick as VP should he win nomination

 July 17, 2023

Most polls show former President Donald Trump is well positioned to win the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

While it is far from clear who he might select as his running mate, the results of a recent survey may provide a clue.  

Vivek Ramaswamy makes waves at Turning Point Action Conference

According to Breitbart, attendees at this past weekend's  Turning Point Action Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida were polled on who they would like to see face off against President Joe Biden.

Although Trump was the overwhelming favorite, carrying 85.7% of the vote, respondents were much more divided when it came to picking their second choice.

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy came in first at 51.2% whereas Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held third place with 13.5%. Event organizer Charlie Kirk said it was "remarkable how far he's come," which may bode well for his future.

Kari Lake, Kristi Noem, and Elise Stefanik all seen as contenders

Still, some observers have noted that Trump would not be obligated to select a vice presidential candidate from among his former opponents should he become the nominee.

This has led to speculation that he may pick someone from who isn't currently on the ballot, such as former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

Axios contributor Allen noted in an article published earlier this year that Lake "has shown she's willing to defend [Trump] vociferously, no matter the issue or controversy."

Allen also pointed to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, someone he said "is frequently mentioned by Trump confidants as having strong veep potential."

Meanwhile, Trump friend and advisor Michael Caputo suggested to the Associated Press that another potential contender is Elise Stefanik, who has served as chair of the House Republican Conference since 2021.

Trump advisor says Trump is focused on winning nomination

"I think the president learned a lot from his experience with Pence," the news service quoted Caputo as saying this past March.

"I think this time Trump’s going to be looking for someone cut from the same cloth he is, not from a different, complementary cloth," Caputo went on to add.

However, Jason Miller has long served as an advisor to Trump, and he told the Associated Press that picking a running mate is not one of the former president's top priorities.

"We appreciate all support for President Trump, but the clear focus is on making sure that he wins the Republican nomination and is well-positioned to win the general election in 2024," Miller was quoted as saying.

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