Trump says he has decided on his 2024 running mate

 January 11, 2024

Former President Donald Trump hinted at having already made a decision about his 2024 running mate during a Fox News Iowa Town Hall event on Wednesday night.

When questioned about his potential running mate, Trump responded, "I can't tell you that really, I mean, I know who it's going to be."

The discussion

Host Martha MacCallum pressed him for a hint, but Trump suggested they address it on another occasion.

MacCallum asked if Trump would consider reconciling with past rivals, to which he replied, "Oh, sure. I will, I will. I've already started to like Christie better."

When she playfully suggested Chris Christie for vice president, Trump responded, "I don't see it, I don't see it. That would be an upset. Christie for vice president. Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to announce, nah."

Christie suspends campaign

Earlier that day, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had announced the suspension of his presidential campaign.

Speculation surrounding Trump's potential running mate has been circulating, with names like GOP Congresswoman Nancy Mace, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley being mentioned.

As of now, betting odds on favor Noem, followed by GOP Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.

The contenders for VP

The former president's remarks on his running mate come amidst ongoing discussions about the 2024 election and the potential field of candidates. While Trump acknowledged having a candidate in mind, he maintained a sense of mystery, leaving the public eager to learn more about his decision in the near future.

Stefanik has expressed her openness to the possibility of serving as Donald Trump's running mate in the 2024 presidential election, emphasizing that she would be honored to contribute to a second Trump administration.

During an interview on "Meet the Press" with NBC News's Kristen Welker, Stefanik, the first member of Congress to endorse Trump's reelection, stated, "I, of course, would be honored to serve in any capacity in a Trump administration. I’m proud to be a strong supporter of President Trump, and he’s going to win this November."

Despite not divulging details of her conversations with Trump about the vice presidential possibility, Stefanik underscored their focus on winning the upcoming election. She emphasized the importance of her current roles as House Republican Conference chair and representative for New York’s 21st congressional district.

Trump has publicly considered selecting a woman as his running mate. Stefanik, known for her staunch defense of the former president on Capitol Hill, holds a key role in shaping the messaging for the House GOP as the Republican conference chair.

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