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February 22, 2024

Trump Confirms Short-List of Candidates on VP List

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump joined Laura Ingraham for a Town Hall on Fox News.

Ingraham, at one point, asked Trump about his possible VP.

She rattled off a few names, all of which Trump admitted were on his short list of candidates to join him on his ticket.

Who Will Be the VP

Trump gushed over Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who I believe is the logical choice and frontrunner.

Scott was a long-shot candidate about a month ago, but now even the oddsmakers have installed him as one of the top three favorites for the position.

Additionally, Ingraham named, Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Trump stated that “all of those people are good. They’re all solid.”

There are two things that most of us picked up on from that comment by Trump.

First, that Ron DeSantis would even be on that list, considering how much Trump attacked him during this primary race and how much his surrogates continue to go after him.

Trump’s campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, again insulted DeSantis this week with a post on X.

The second thing that we noticed was that Tulsi Gabbard is back in the spotlight.

In fact, Gabbard is going to be the keynote speaker at an upcoming Mar-a-Lago fundraiser that is asking for $1,250 a plate.

For me, however, this has to be Scott, and Trump seemed to be leaning that way as well, stating, “A lot of people are talking about that gentleman right over there. And he’s been so great. He’s been such a great advocate.

“I have to say — this is in a very positive way — Tim Scott, he has been much better for me than he was for himself.

“I watched his campaign and he doesn’t like talking about himself, but boy, does he talk about Trump.”

The one thing that is obvious from polling is that if Trump has a minority on his ticket, he picks up considerable votes in the minority demographic, and he will need them.

The temperature on social media among both Haley and DeSantis supporters is not good for Trump right now.

They do not appear to want to pull the handle for Biden, but they are surely not going to vote for Trump, with most suggesting they will only vote in down-ballot elections and skip over the presidential election or write in Haley or DeSantis on election day.

This was a mistake by his surrogates, and Trump has done nothing to dial them back, so I just don’t see a unified party on election day.

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