Trump Names Scott, Noem as Potential VP Choices



by ZAIN UL ABEDIN

Trump Names Scott, Noem as Potential VP Choices
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In a recent interview with Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," former President Donald Trump hinted at potential running mates for his 2024 presidential campaign, mentioning Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) as noteworthy contenders.

This revelation has sparked further discussion and speculation in political circles regarding Trump's strategy for his vice-presidential pick. During the conversation with host Maria Bartiromo, Trump emphasized the importance of selecting a vice president who possesses the capability and readiness to assume the presidency if needed.

"It's got to be number one. Who's your enemy," he remarked, underscoring the critical nature of the decision. Despite the pressure to reveal his choice, Trump indicated that an announcement is not imminent, citing the wealth of talent within the Republican Party and asserting, "I haven't, and there's no reason." Trump's comments about Sen.

Tim Scott were particularly revealing. Praising Scott's recent defense and support for him, Trump noted a change in the senator's demeanor, describing him as more assertive and effective in his advocacy. "When I watched Tim, he was fine, he was good, but he was very low key.

I watched him in the last week, defending me, and sticking up for me and fighting for me," Trump observed.

Trump's VP Contenders Emerge

Similarly, Gov. Kristi Noem's unwavering loyalty to Trump was highlighted. Trump referred to Noem's assertive stance of not running against him, quoting her belief that she "can't beat him." This acknowledgment further cements Noem's position as a significant figure in Trump's political considerations.

The inclusion of Scott and Noem in Trump's deliberations adds them to a growing list of potential running mates, which also features Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a fervent Trump supporter known for her appearances on his campaign trail.

Trump's position in the GOP remains strong, as evidenced by his lead over other major Republican contenders, including former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley. According to national polling indexes from The Hill and Decision Desk HQ, Trump maintains a substantial lead, notably holding a 57.2 percent advantage over Haley in general and a 30.8 percent lead in Haley's home state of South Carolina, which is poised to hold its primary later this month.

This dominance in early states like New Hampshire and Iowa underscores Trump's continued influence and standing within the Republican Party as the 2024 presidential race intensifies.