Trump reportedly made several comments on potential VP picks at recent luncheon

 May 7, 2024

Whoever former President Donald Trump selects as his vice president will be the next big news story of the 2024 election. 

Journalists and media outlets are intently focused on stringing together the obvious and not-so-obvious clues dropped by Trump and his inner circle regarding who it might be.

Axios recently compiled a list of "reviews" of some of Trump's most likely vice presidential picks.

The outlet reportedly obtained audio of Trump's remarks at a recent luncheon during which he offered his views on potential VP picks, with some of them expected and some that took his supporters by surprise.

What did he say?

The audio reportedly has Trump talking about 11 different likely VP picks, though it should be noted he never leaned toward any of them or dropped any major hints that one might be leading the other.

Of course, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem came up, especially in the wake of the controversy mentioned in her book about killing her dog and a goat. Trump didn't mention that during the luncheon, but had previously reportedly expressed disappointment in hearing the story.

"Somebody that I love. She's been with me, a supporter of mine and I've been a supporter of hers for a long time," Trump reportedly said about Noem.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was mentioned, and Trump's review of the senator was a bit surprising.

"His name is coming up a lot for vice president!" Trump said of Rubio.

Trump also praised Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, saying, "As a candidate, he did a good job, but as a surrogate, he's unbelievable."


Some notable additional possible candidates, at least in the eyes of some, were not mentioned during the luncheon, including Vivek Ramaswamy and former Hawaii lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard.

NBC News recently weighed in on the advantages and disadvantages of Trump choosing certain VP picks, and had Gabbard on the list.

"As a former Democrat, Gabbard could be an effective messenger for disenchanted Democrats and independents who aren’t yet sold on Trump. Gabbard would also bring youth to the ticket," the outlet said would be a strength of picking Gabbard as VP.

The outlet also discussed Ramaswamy, saying, "Ramaswamy is wealthy and could help fund a general election campaign operation. He would bring youth to a Trump ticket and be an energetic surrogate for Trump on the campaign trail."

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