Trump's confirmed 'short list' of possible VP picks includes Govs. Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem

 February 22, 2024

Former President Donald Trump recently confirmed that six prominent current and formerly elected leaders -- five Republicans and one Democrat-turned-independent -- were on his "short list" to be picked as his running mate for the 2024 election in November.

Included on that list of prospective vice presidential candidates were two currently serving governors, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, and Trump said that they, as well as the others mentioned, were all "good" and "solid" contenders for the position, Fox News reported.

Yet, while one of those governors is quite clearly interested in serving alongside the former president in the White House, the other most certainly is not.

Trump confirms his "short list" of VP candidates

During a town hall-style event Tuesday in South Carolina, Fox News host Laura Ingraham rattled off a list of names provided by the audience members of individuals they'd like to see former President Trump consider as his vice presidential nominee.

In addition to Govs. DeSantis and Noem, the list also included business entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who previously served in Congress and ran for president as a Democrat but has since declared herself an independent and become harshly critical of her former political party.

Trump confirmed that all six of the names mentioned by Ingraham were on his short list of potential VP candidates, and said, "Honestly, all of those people are good. They’re all good, they’re all solid."

DeSantis says "I am not doing that"

There is a bit of a problem with the inclusion of Gov. DeSantis on the Trump VP list, though, primarily that he has little or no interest in serving in that position, according to the New York Post.

In a Wednesday conference call with the delegates he'd accumulated, the Florida governor said, "People were mentioning me [as a potential vice president]. I am not doing that."

"I know some people are really actively seeking it. It seems to me, just from watching kind of the body language and stuff, that you have a handful of folks who seem to be auditioning for it," he continued.

DeSantis went on to discuss the "criteria" he would have considered in a running mate if he'd won the GOP nomination and said critically of Trump, "I think he’s going to probably use different criteria. I’ve heard that they are looking more at identity politics. I think that’s a mistake. I think you should just focus on who you think the best person for the job would be."

Noem unmistakably interested in being Trump's VP

The other governor reportedly under consideration, Kristi Noem, may have been among those who DeSantis had in mind when he mentioned certain people "auditioning" to be Trump's VP candidate, as she has made it abundantly clear for months that she would gladly accept an offer to be the former president's running mate.

Politico reported in September 2023 that Noem was likely a top contender for the position, given her staunch support for Trump over the years and her heightened frequency of public appearances, both on his behalf and to raise her own national profile.

Furthermore, The Hill reported earlier this month that the South Dakota governor is set to soon publish a new book -- often a sign of an impending campaign for higher office -- that knocks the old Republican establishment era and heralds the new more populist version of the GOP under Trump.

Whether Trump ultimately decides to tap Noem or DeSantis or somebody else on the list -- or even some other unmentioned contender -- will likely not be made known until the Republican National Convention takes place this summer.

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