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While former President Donald Trump has yet to declare a 2024 presidential bid, the speculation on his running mate remains hot and candidates are lining up at Mar-a-Lago “begging” for consideration.
“They’re all begging me,” Trump reportedly boasted to an anonymous adviser, Politico reported. “They all come here.”
Some potential vice presidential candidates include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Scott and Pompeo recently interacted with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, sources told Politico.
“It was a really warm interaction,” a Republican observer told Politico of Scott’s visit. “Scott was appropriately deferential without being gross, like some people are. What he said was thoughtful, and it was appreciated by the president. There was definitely chemistry there.”
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Former VP Mike Pence was chosen in 2016 as a Rust Belt governor who could impact the evangelical conservative, but he and Trump had a falling out over allegations of election fraud and certification of the Electoral College vote amid contested results in key battleground states Arizona, Pennsylvania, George, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada.
“A lot of times, a presidential candidate will pick a running mate to balance out wings of the party, but with Trump, that’s not the issue,” pollster John McLaughlin told Politico. “He is the party, basically. It’s so united behind him. So his choice, if he runs, will come down to what he wants. It would be a much more personal decision this time.”
Trump had maintained supporters “will be very happy” with his 2024 decision, which is not expected until after the 2022 midterm elections next November. Trump has hailed himself as a political outsider, which he can no longer be considered, but he still is not beholden to traditional politics.