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Who are Trump’s potential picks for vice president? Here are some candidates still in the running

Former President Donald Trump responded to questions about the successful candidates. to be his vice-president and the qualities he looks for in a vice presidential candidate, even though the Republican National Convention is still months away. Sources close to the Trump campaign say Trump will likely make the announcement closer to the convention, as in 2016, when he announcement a few days before the convention, Mike Pence, then governor of Indiana, would be his running mate.

But the search is ongoing, according to Trump’s advisers, and some of the most consistent names have been on his list for months: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Dakota Gov. of the North Doug Burgum.

However, the former president could start sorting out his list.

Sources say South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem — who Trump once said he was considering for the job — has been removed from the list of leading contenders.

Noem was recently confronted with controversial after excerpts from her new book, “No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward,” revealed that she put down her 14-month-old dog Cricket after he allegedly failed his pheasant hunting training.

Noem defended herself in a job on X, pointing to a South Dakota law that says dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior can be put down. “Since Cricket had shown aggressive behavior towards people by biting them, I decided what I would do,” Noem wrote.

The Trump campaign has not publicly commented on this story. A Trump adviser familiar with the vice president selection process said Noem was a “good surrogate.”

Noem was one of the first governors to support Trump, announcing her support for him at a rally last September, and she campaigned for him several times in Iowa before the January caucuses. Noem told Newsmax in September that she would consider the vice president spot “in a heartbeat.” She also has close ties to MAGA World and to former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Former Trump administration official and Arkansas Governor Sarah Sanders also slides down the list. Sources told CBS News that her shares fell because Trump remembers that she “took so long” to support her former boss during the primary. She officially endorsed Trump at a campaign rally in Hialeah, Florida, in November 2023 – a year after he launched his third bid for the White House.

Sanders, 41, is the nation’s youngest governor and is seen as a rising star in the party who can speak to suburban women. Last year, she delivered the Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union address.

But Sanders also rejected the idea of ​​becoming vice president. When asked by “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan if she would say yes to joining the Trump ticket, Governor Sanders said“I am honored to serve as governor and look forward to doing so for the next seven years.”

Senator Scott is one of the main names mentioned by sources close to the former president as a leading contender for the vice presidency.

The Republican senator from South Carolina evaded questions about whether he would run with Trump. But it wasn’t long before endorse trump after dropping his own candidacy just before the New Hampshire primary, a blow to fellow South Carolinian and former Gov. Nikki Haley, who originally nominated him to the vacant U.S. Senate seat he still holds.

Trump praised Scott as a “man of faith and courage and conviction, a man who fought for these Opportunity Zones like no one would ever fight and for school choice and who also occupied historically black colleges.”

Scott, the highest-ranking black Republican in the Republican Party, could help Trump court black voters, traditionally a key Democratic voting bloc.

Scott told “CBS Mornings” in January that he would never ask Trump for a cabinet position, but declined to answer whether he wanted to become Trump’s vice president.

“The only thing I want to do is make sure we win in 2024,” he told presenter Gayle King. “I don’t think about it from a personal point of view.”

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum — another former 2024 presidential candidate — is also being considered as a potential vice presidential pick by the Trump campaign. Burgum was the first of the former 2024 presidential candidates officially approve Trump, joining him for a rally in Indianola, Iowa, on Jan. 14, the day before the Iowa caucuses, to announce his support.

Team Trump likes Burgum, who refrained from saying anything negative about the former president during his own presidential bid.

“Everybody loves Burgum,” one of Trump’s top advisers said of the North Dakota governor, while adding that it was Trump who would ultimately choose. “We could learn more from a Truth Social article,” the advisor said.

Burgum is considered a strong conservative with credentials that could be suitable for various cabinet positions. Trump called him “one of the best governors in our country.”

As governor, Burgum signed into law a law banning abortion for six weeks and legislation restricting transgender rights. He is also a fiscal hawk who cut state spending while passing the largest tax cut in North Dakota history. He has led North Dakota since 2016 and announced in January that he would not seek a third term as governor.

Rubio, Florida’s senior senator and Trump’s former 2016 presidential rival, is also under consideration. The son of two Cuban immigrants, he is seen as someone who could help the campaign attract Latino voters.

Rubio endorsed Trump the day before the Iowa caucuses in a job on X, and noted that he worked with Trump on expanding the child tax credit and sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba during his presidency.

Former HUD Secretary Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, was one of the longest-serving Cabinet secretaries during the Trump administration. He would also still be on the vice presidential shortlist – Carson remained loyal to the former president after January 6, when several cabinet secretaries resigned in protest, citing the attack on the Capitol.

Carson is considered a safe choice for vice president because he is popular with conservatives and Christians. In response to a question about whether he and Trump had any discussions about being vice president, Carson said, “I don’t want to talk about private conversations.”

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is one of Trump’s staunchest defenders. As the No. 4 Republican in the House, she was one of the first members of Congress to support Trump when he announced his third bid for the White House.

Stefanik, thirty-nine years old is almost half Trump’s age. She is seen as someone who would carry the torch for the MAGA movement started by the 77-year-old former president and has fought for Trump on numerous occasions as a key member of his impeachment defense team in 2019.

In January, she echoed Trump’s description of those imprisoned. Those accused of January 6 as “hostages”, and she filed several ethics complaints against judges in cases involving the former president. Stefanik was one of 147 Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election results.

Sources said Trump considered Stefanik as a potential vice presidential candidate. When asked if she would serve as vice president, Stefanik told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that she would be “honored to serve in any capacity in a Trump administration.”

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