Who will be Trump's VP pick? From Tim Scott to Tulsi Gabbard, here are 8 potential candidates

Who will be Trump's VP pick? From Tim Scott to Tulsi Gabbard, here are 8 potential candidates
Donald Trump revealed in a Fox News Town Hall on February 20 that he has made a 'shortlist' of his potential VP picks which included three former 2024 GOP presidential hopefuls and surprisingly, an ex-Democrat (Getty Images)

8 potential candidates for Donald Trump's vice-presidential pick

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he departs on the South Lawn of t
Former President Donald Trump dropped a bombshell revelation on Tuesday during the Fox News Town Hall in Greenville, South Carolina where he outlined potential candidates that are on his 'shortlist' for the role of running mate ahead of the November general elections (Getty Images)

A considerable number of potential running mates for former President Donald Trump are attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which will end on Saturday, February 24, with a vice presidential straw poll. CPAC has already endorsed Trump and on Tuesday evening during a Fox News Town Hall in Greenville, South Carolina, the 77-year-old GOP presidential frontrunner named a few individuals he is considering to be his 2024 running mate. Trump’s ‘shortlist’ includes three former GOP candidates, namely, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). He also mentioned Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R), and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who served in Congress as a Democrat but has since resigned, are in the running. Other names that have been suggested, are Arizona Republican Kari Lake, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik (R), North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R), and Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R). Let’s now take a closer look at each of these potential vice-presidential candidates:

1. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23:  U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks to members of the media after the weekl
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) left quite the impression on Donald Trump as the 77-year-old MAGA figurehead sang glowing praises about him onstage at the South Carolina town hall event (Getty Images)

Prior to his withdrawal from the race in November, last year, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina had initiated his own presidential campaign. The senator has previously indicated his potential interest in serving as President Trump's running mate and has expressed his desire to see the former president return to office. “This nation hungers for some constant projection of a better future, and that trajectory happens with President Trump in office,” Scott remarked in January, this year. During a recent town hall event in South Carolina, Trump drew particular attention to Scott. In response to questions regarding a possible running mate, Trump gestured toward Scott and remarked, “A lot of people are talking about that gentleman right over there.” “I have to say, this is in a very positive way. Tim Scott, he has been much better for me than he was for himself,” the former President asserted and continued, “I watched his campaign, and he doesn’t like talking about himself, but boy, does he talk about Trump.”

2. Vivek Ramaswamy

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 05:  Vivek Ramaswamy, Founder & CEO of Rolvant Sciences speaks at Forbes
Vivek Ramaswamy, the 38-year-old firebrand Republican had previously asserted that he isn't keen on running alongside Donald Trump for the 2024 ticket but since Trump's admission of him being on his 'shortlist', Ramaswamy hasn't outrightly declined the offer, either (Getty Images) 

Last summer, Donald Trump recommended that Vivek Ramaswamy, a notable biotech multimillionaire, would be a strong contender for the vice presidency. Ramaswamy, who at 38 was the youngest member of the GOP presidential race, however, withdrew from the race in January, this year, and soon after gave his endorsement to the former president. During his campaign, Ramaswamy stated he would seek Trump's counsel if he was elected, and even lauded him as an "excellent president." Nevertheless, Ramaswamy was not keen on serving as Trump's No.2, claiming he’s “not a Plan B person,” and rebuffed the idea of working under him for a potential second term.

3. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 26: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of the Conservative
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is surprisingly on Donald Trump's shortlist for potential vice-presidential picks after taunting the 45-year-old throughout the course of his presidential campaign with nicknames such as 'Ron DeSanctimonious', 'Pudding fingers', and 'Meatball Ron' (Getty Images)

During the 2022 midterm elections, the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, gave the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the nickname 'Ron DeSanctimonious'. However, after the 45-year-old GOP presidential hopeful withdrew from the race last month and instead endorsed Trump, the former president "officially retired" the aforementioned nickname. Governor DeSantis reaffirmed his commitment to the Republican Party, stating that he had signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee and that he would "honor that pledge." The Trump campaign expressed its gratitude for the endorsement, stating that it was "honored" by Governor DeSantis' support.

4. Ex-Democrat turned Fox News commentator Tulsi Gabbard

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 03:  Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Former US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who mounted a presidential campaign in 2020 for the Democratic party has since resigned and is now featured on Fox News as a conservative political commentator aligned with Donald Trump's worldviews (Getty Images)

Tulsi Gabbard, a former Hawaii Representative, served as a member of Congress and ran for the presidency in 2020 as a Democrat. Gabbard, who had been a member of the Democratic Party since 2013, declared in a video statement that the party was "stoking anti-white racism" and was "hostile to people of faith and spirituality." In light of this, she announced her decision to leave the party and expressed her support for candidates aligned with former President Trump. It has been reported that Gabbard will be the keynote speaker at the 917 Society's annual fundraising event, which is scheduled to take place next month at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

5. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 27: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Conservative Political A
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem who had previously been complimented by Donald Trump as one of the most successful governors in the country, was also present in the 'shortlist' for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate's possible picks for running mate in the 2024 ticket (Getty Images)

Last year, Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota endorsed former President Trump at a party fundraiser, fueling rumors that she might be positioning herself as his running mate. Trump praised Noem as “one of the most successful governors in the entire nation,” stating that her endorsement “means a lot” to him. Recently, Noem was banned from the Pine Ridge Reservation by the Oglala Sioux Tribe for a second time, causing controversy. Tribe President Frank Star Comes Out accused Noem of using immigration and border issues to help re-elect Trump and improve her chances of being picked as his running mate. Noem had previously blamed homicides on the reservation including cartel and gang activity, specifically calling out a group called the "Ghost Dancers." However, the Tribe President stated that he had never heard of this group and had no knowledge of their presence on the reservation.

6. Florida Republican Byron Donalds

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), speaks with reporters as he is followed by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) as they depart a meeting with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) at the U.S. Capitol on January 10, 2024 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, a group of right-wing House Republicans sabotaged their own party's bills in protest of a spending deal the Speaker cut with Senate Democrats. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), is on the 'shortlist' for Donald Trump's possible picks for running mate on the 2024 ticket having previously admitted his desire to run alongside the former President (Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

Byron Donalds, a Republican representative from Florida, supported Donald Trump's presidential campaign in the spring of 2020 instead of Governor Ron DeSantis, who also held office in the Sunshine State. In November of the same year, Donalds stated that he would accept the hypothetical opportunity to be Trump's running mate, stating that “it’s really up to the president.” Donalds self-identifies as a "Trump-supporting, liberty-loving, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment Black man," according to his website. Trump recently named Donalds as one of the potential candidates for the role of running mate at the town hall discussion in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday.

7. Arizona Republican Kari Lake

SIERRA VISTA, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 04: Arizona Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake participat
Arizona Republican Kari Lake is presently running for the state's Senate, however, the former TV news anchor is one the names that remain large in the minds of the Trump campaign team, who have suggested the possibility of her being one of the picks for vice-presidential candidate (Getty Images)  

Kari Lake, a former TV news anchor, who lost Arizona's 2022 gubernatorial race by a whisker, conceding the victory to Democrat Katie Hobbs is currently running for Arizona Senate. Lake has been acknowledged by former President Donald Trump as a "rising star," and in November 2022, he expressed his willingness for her to become the new face of his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan (MAGA). Lake's campaign in the Arizona gubernatorial election focused on border security, gun rights, and opposition to COVID-19 mandates. Additionally, she has publicly supported Trump's unproven claims of winning the 2020 presidential election. On Monday, Lake spoke to KTAR News 92.3 FM, where she expressed her doubts about the sanctity of the United States' elections. She stated that she did not "know who exactly stole the election" but maintained her belief that the country's election system is not secure.

8. New York congresswoman Elise Stefanik

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) speaks during
House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is highly likely to be one of the names being floated around as Donald Trump's possible vice-presidential candidate (Getty Images) 

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York, has had a complicated relationship with Donald Trump. Despite criticizing him in the past, she now identifies as "ultra-MAGA" and claims she is “proud of it.” As Chair of the House Republican Conference, Stefanik has taken issue with some of Trump's actions, such as his derogatory comments about women and his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord. However, she has also supported the investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election led by Special Counsel Robert S Mueller III. During Trump's first impeachment hearing in November 2019, Stefanik defended him, serving on the House Intelligence Committee. Recently, she joined other members of Congress in signing a letter that called for President Joe Biden to undergo cognitive testing and share the results with the public.

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