Trump dumps on Haley as VP option, praises Tim Scott as speculation grows

 February 15, 2024

Former President Donald J. Trump's recent remarks in North Charleston have sparked speculation about his potential choice for a running mate, with some interpreting his comments as a veiled hint.

Trump's language on Feb. 14 regarding his main rival for the Republican presidential nomination was notably definitive.

The remarks

He emphatically stated, "She will never be running for vice president," immediately following his criticism of both former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), whom he described as "both stink."

Addressing the crowd, Trump asserted that his contentious exchanges with the former U.N. ambassador had effectively ruled her out as a potential vice president.

He expressed his disdain for Haley, stating, "I hope nobody wants her because I think she's absolutely terrible."

Complementing Scott

During his speech, Trump also acknowledged other potential vice presidential candidates, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), whom he praised for his modesty and support.

Scott is among several names mentioned in discussions about a possible vice president. Others, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), have been considered ahead of him, particularly after Scott's lackluster performance in the pre-primary presidential campaign season.

President Trump's visit to North Charleston was part of his campaigning efforts ahead of the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary scheduled for Feb. 24.

South Carolina next

In his recent rally in Conway, South Carolina, he discussed topics ranging from Robert Hur's special counsel report to President Joe Biden's mental competency.

Early voting for the primary began on Feb. 12 and will continue through Feb. 22. The Republican primary has seen a significant turnout, with more than 33,802 votes cast in the first two days, surpassing Democratic turnout by over 70 percent.

Trump's victory over Haley in the Iowa Republican caucus and the New Hampshire primary has fueled speculation about his potential running mate.

Their direct competition did not extend to Nevada, where Trump won the Republican Party-run caucus, while Haley lost the state-run primary to the option "None of these candidates."

Trump's remarks in North Charleston have added intrigue to the ongoing speculation surrounding his choice for a running mate, as the Republican primary race continues to unfold ahead of the South Carolina Presidential Primary.

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