Jen Krausz
January 23, 2024

Kari Lake says she's focused on winning Senate race, not VP

Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake responded to rumors that former President Donald Trump was considering her to become his vice presidential candidate, insisting that she is focused on winning her Senate race more than becoming Trump's VP. 

“We have to have a Republican-led United States Senate because when President Trump gets back in office, and I do believe he will, he’s going to need to do his cabinet appointments through [it],” Lake told GB News, a British outlet.

"President Trump will find it really tough to get his agenda passed," she added. "His agenda is going to be to put America first, and I'm going to help in any way that I can."

Lake addressed why she was in Iowa helping campaign for Trump ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

"I will help however I can"

"I'm here helping campaign for him in the state that I grew up in Iowa," she said. "I love the people here, I love this place, and so I've told him use me any way you see fit. I will help however I can."

Lake said she was worried about children being able to live the American dream.

“I have two children and I worry deeply about their future. They can’t even fathom living the American dream. And so we have to get that back," she said.

Trump had endorsed Lake for governor in 2022, but she narrowly lost the race. He recently endorsed her Senate run as well, saying that she will be a “terrific” and “great” senator for Arizona.

Trump knows who VP pick will be

Trump said during a recent town hall held at the same time as a GOP primary debate that he already knows who he wants to choose for his vice president.

Of course, he didn't say who it would be, just that he knows.

"I can't tell you that really. I mean I know who it's going to be," Trump said.

Other speculation has said he may choose Rep. Elise Stefanik (D-NY) to run with him. At a New Hampshire rally on Saturday, Stefanik appeared to stump for him to chants of "VP! VP!"

Stefanik is clearly interested in the job.

“I’m proud to be one of his strongest supporters, particularly at key moments,” she told reporters after the rally. When they asked if she was interested in being his running mate, Stefanik said, “Of course I'd be honored, I've said that for a year, to serve in a future Trump administration in any capacity.”

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