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Former President Donald Trump has not announced his intention to campaign for president again but he did make some news about a possible vice presidential pick.
He spoke about politics and the future of the nation when he was asked about an interesting choice for vice president.
“What about the media buzz that Ivanka might be your running mate? Is there any substance to that?” the host said.
“That, Ivanka?” the former president said. “That my daughter? I never thought of that one. I’ve never even heard of that one.”
“It’s in the media,” the host said.
“Oh that’s an interesting idea,” the former president said. “That one I have not heard of, but she’s a very capable person — that I can tell you. But, uh, no, I have not heard that.”
“Would you consider it?” the host said.
“No, I wouldn’t. Not my daughter,” the former president said as he laughed.
With speculation ripe that Trump will run for president in 2024, rumors are beginning to surface about who he may choose as his possible running mate.
Former Vice President Mike Pence is also a “no-go,” apparently.
During an interview with Peter Baker and Susan Glasser — who co-wrote the new book The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 — Trump said will not pick Pence as his running mate if he runs for the presidency again.
“It would be totally inappropriate. Mike committed political suicide,” Trump said.
If Trump decides to run again, the media narrative thus far is that he will likely select a female running mate.
CNN published a report speculating that New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is likely a frontrunner.
While talk about a 2024 vice-presidential pick is of course premature, conversations about adding Stefanik to a future Trump ticket have gained steam in recent weeks at Mar-a-Lago and in other Republican circles, sources said. Current and former advisers and others in Trump’s orbit have privately argued that the New York Republican, who replaced Rep. Liz Cheney as the no. 3 House Republican last year, is a fierce and loyal attack dog, and Trump would benefit from tapping a woman for vice president should he run again.
Two people familiar with the matter said Trump has been surveying close friends and allies on what they think of Stefanik, one of several Republican women he is possibly eyeing for the potential VP slot, though he has not ruled out a few male contenders, too. One of these people said the former President believes Stefanik has undergone a genuine transformation – leaving the moderate wing of the party to join its increasingly powerful “America First” flank.
“There is a part of Trump who thinks he needs a female VP. He definitely likes her, likely because of how effusive she is to him,” an adviser to the former president said.
“President Trump thinks very highly of Elise Stefanik. … She has been talked about in circles close to him as a potential vice president,” Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said. “And there’s a feeling among a lot of people on the Republican side that they need to have a woman on the ticket this time.”
In a new piece from Foreign Policy, titled, “Elise Stefanik Is Most Likely to Succeed,” the authors’ detail, “A young woman once hailed as the future of the Republican Party embraces Trumpism to stay that way.”
“At 30 years old, Stefanik had been the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress in 2014. At a time when the party sought to reach a younger and more diverse pool of voters, she was hailed as the future of the Republican Party,” the report begins.
“Having hitched her cart firmly to Trump, Stefanik looks to have as bright a future within the Republican Party as when she was first elected to Congress eight years ago. She endorsed his still hypothetical candidacy for 2024—and has already been tipped as a potential running mate,” the story notes.
“While the former president and his progeny have repeatedly hinted that a third run for the White House may be in the works, some longtime conservative observers see the beginnings of a post-Trump future in the strategies of rising stars such as DeSantis, the Florida governor, and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Both DeSantis and Youngkin have toed a careful line, neither embracing the former president nor the suicide vest of never-Trumpism,” it adds.
— Matt Kolb (@MatthewKolbVT) October 10, 2022