According to The Hill, Former President Donald Trump mentioned on Saturday that his choice for vice president might not come as a significant surprise to people. However, he emphasized that he hadn’t finalized his decision and downplayed the significance of a running mate.
When asked about a vice presidential choice, Trump said, “I may or may not really decide something over the next couple of months. There’s no rush to that. It won’t have any impact at all. The person that I think I like is a very good person, a pretty standard. I think people won’t be that surprised, but I would say there’s probably a 25% chance that would be that person.”
The former president stressed the relative insignificance of the vice-presidential candidate, remarking that “It’s never had a substantial impact on an election, which is quite remarkable, both in elections and primaries. It hasn’t carried significant weight.”
While Trump has maintained secrecy about his potential choices during the campaign, some of his supporters have encouraged him to select a female running mate.
In a previous statement this month, Trump expressed his openness to considering any of the individuals who competed against him, even including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who had centered his 2024 GOP presidential nomination campaign on critiquing Trump.
Additionally, he praised Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina as a “great guy.” However, he swiftly shifted the conversation to highlight the substantial endorsements he received from various political figures in the same state, underscoring what he perceived as the vulnerabilities of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and the prominent Republican contender competing against him.
The question on everyone's mind: who will Donald Trump pick as his VP? Kristi Noem? Tim Scott? Elise Stefanik? Lee Zeldin? Vivek?
He says he knows. @willcain and I go Off the Wall on these rumored choices and what they bring to the table.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) January 18, 2024
Trump said, “You know, Scott endorsed me. There’s an example. Nikki Haley comes from South Carolina; Tim Scott is from South Carolina. But if you look at the governor, great governor, another senator, Lindsey Graham. We happen to like Lindsey. But Gov. Henry McMaster knows it very well. He endorsed me. It’s very hard for a governor to endorse somebody when you haven’t. I mean, Henry McMaster was the lieutenant governor under Haley, and he endorsed me. What does that tell you?”