Trump’s Surprising List of VP Picks

( Former US President Donald Trump accelerated his 2016 campaign following the first couple of Republican Party debates, in which he attacked fellow candidates in an unconventional manner. Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican Party presidential nominee, is now eyeing one of the people he insulted as a potential running mate: Marco Rubio.

Sources close to Trump have said that he is interested in a Hispanic vice president. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, fits the bill.

However, Trump and Rubio notably clashed on the 2016 Republican Party debate stage. Trump dubbed Rubio “Little Marco”—a dig at the senator’s height. Rubio also insulted Trump’s hand size.

Nevertheless, the two Republicans could soon find themselves sharing a presidential ticket. A Florida political operative reportedly said that Rubio is “moving up” Trump’s vice presidential pick list. Trump is also considering placing Rubio in a national security role in his potential second administration; Rubio serves on the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees.

Trump’s other potential vice presidential picks include Senator JD Vance, Senator Tim Scott, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Trump frequently floats the idea of different running mates to allies, including pitching people with whom he has quarreled, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Trump has even floated the idea of running alongside former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who clashed with Trump on the 2024 campaign trail before suspending her bid after a series of primary and caucus defeats. However, Trump is reportedly far from making a final decision on his running mate.

A March 2024 poll found that US voters prefer Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as Trump’s vice presidential pick, despite DeSantis claiming that he is not interested in the role. Haley received the second most support, followed by a third-place tie between Scott and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.

Based on the prospective vice presidential choices, the chances are high that Trump ends up running alongside someone with whom he has previously clashed.

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