Former President Donald Trump Weighs VP Options – DeSantis, Ramaswamy, and Tim Scott Among Considerations

Former President Donald Trump Weighs VP Options – DeSantis, Ramaswamy, and Tim Scott Among Considerations

Former President Donald Trump confirmed during a town hall that he is considering six Republicans for a potential running mate, including former opponents and even a former Democrat.

Among them are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Trump also mentioned South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Florida Republican Byron Donalds, and former Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard as part of his list.

Top Choices According to Poll:

A poll conducted in New Hampshire revealed that Vivek Ramaswamy is the top choice for running mate, followed by Senator Tim Scott.

Tucker Carlson and Ben Carson tied for third place.

The poll indicates the preferences of voters in this key state, giving insights into the potential appeal of these candidates.

Trump’s Evaluation Criteria:

Trump emphasized the importance of the vice presidential choice, acknowledging the impact it can have on the voters’ standpoint.

He expressed the desire for someone with ‘common sense’ who can contribute positively to the ticket.

Trump also highlighted that while the VP choice historically may not have a significant impact, he wants to ensure he selects a candidate who aligns with his America-first policies and can help solidify the voter base.

Strategic Considerations:

Trump’s decision on a running mate will involve weighing factors such as loyalty to the MAGA movement, effectiveness on the campaign trail, and the ability to appeal to independents and moderates.

This strategic decision comes after the exclusion of his former vice president, Mike Pence, from the list, following disagreements and criticism related to the events of January 6.

Advisors’ Perspectives:

Informal advisors are already providing suggestions to Trump on potential running mates.

Hogan Gidley, a former Trump White House press aide, emphasized the importance of a candidate who can solidify the voter base, appeal to suburban areas, and continue to promote America-first policies.

Gidley also highlighted the need for the chosen candidate to understand Trump world, be a fighter, and handle the press effectively.

Ongoing Strategic Considerations:

As Trump faces challenges from contenders like Nikki Haley, his decision on a running mate becomes a critical aspect of his campaign strategy.

Balancing loyalty to the MAGA movement with the potential to expand support is a key consideration as he leads in polls against Joe Biden.


The revelation of Trump’s potential running mate shortlist provides a glimpse into the strategic considerations shaping his decision-making process.

As the former president evaluates various candidates, the selection will undoubtedly play a crucial role in defining the narrative and appeal of his campaign moving forward.

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