Four Frontrunners Emerge for Trump's VP Shortlist

Trump's VP hunt intensifies as convention nears.

by Nouman Rasool
Four Frontrunners Emerge for Trump's VP Shortlist
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Donald Trump, under severe legal challenges, has now gradually picked up the pace in pursuing a vice-presidential candidate, shortlisting four prominent figures. Last week, Trump, the only President of the United States who has been found guilty of felony crimes, shot into discussions in the political space after he was convicted in New York on 34 counts of falsifying business records, all involving a hush-money payment.

As the ex-president gears up for the upcoming GOP convention, sources within his campaign revealed that the top contenders would be North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and US Senators Marco Rubio (Florida), Tim Scott (South Carolina), and JD Vance (Ohio).

Late-breaking news shows a three-way race between Burgum, Rubio, and Vance, at this point the three being thoroughly vetted.

VP Selection Secrets

The selection process, however, remains secret, with no information available for candidates who have applied and submitted the required documentation for consideration.

Trump's campaign will likely decide close to the convention, as he did during his 2016 election when he declared Mike Pence his running mate just before the Republican Convention. Trump's conviction, concluded at the end of his high-profile trial regarding payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, marks one of the most dramatic moments in his post-presidency so far.

He will be sentenced on July 11, just four days before accepting the Republican nomination to seek another presidential bid during the party's convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Among the other potential candidates besides these big four are South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Representatives Elise Stefanik of New York and Byron Donalds of Florida, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.

Ms. Noem, whose candidacy was taken seriously by many in the early going, has seen her star dim after controversy erupted over an excerpt from her upcoming autobiography involving a personal trauma. As Trump's potential running mate decision looms, the political landscape watches closely, anticipating his next move amidst unprecedented personal and political challenges.