The former president intimated on Saturday that he had already chosen his vice president, adding that people would not “be that surprised” by his selection.
Regarding the potential Republican candidates who may run with him, Trump has, in the past, mostly maintained a tight lid.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem are among the women Trump’s supporters proposed as potential running mates.
Another name bandied about is Republican Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It’s been said that Trump’s choice for vice president is expected to be a woman.
Last Sunday, Sanders hinted that she is uninterested in being considered for the position.
Since her tenure as Trump’s press secretary, Sanders has been unwavering in her support of the former president in terms of his presidency and his defense of himself from critics. In November 2023, she supported Trump’s presidential run.
Trump has recently won over several well-known Republicans. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who had earlier stopped his optimistic and hopeful presidential campaign, endorsed him on Friday.
The usual procedure for presidential contenders after weighing their alternatives is interviewing and compiling a list of possible running mates. Offers are made and, in most cases, accepted from this shortlist. Selections typically take place in the months leading up to national conventions.
Unfortunately, not all proposals are accepted, leading to last-minute uncertainty. The New York Times reports that Reagan approached former President Gerald Ford the night before the 1980 Republican convention and urged him to be his running mate. Ford rejected. An offer was made to George H.W. Bush with only hours to go before the convention, and he accepted.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump said, “It [his pick] won’t have any impact at all,” in response to a question on his potential choice.