Former President Donald Trump, during an interview with Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier in New Hampshire, suggested that he has someone in mind for his potential vice president and hinted that people "won't be that surprised" by his choice.
When asked about the timing of the decision and its impact, Trump stated that the selection of a running mate historically has not had a significant effect on elections.
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While Trump mentioned there's no rush to make a decision, he indicated that the person he is considering is a "very good person" and somewhat of a standard choice. He estimated a 25 percent chance that this individual would be his pick for vice president.
Responding to a question about Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) being on the list, Trump praised Scott as a "great guy" and mentioned other political figures from South Carolina, including Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham.
Trump highlighted Gov. Henry McMaster (R), who endorsed him despite having been lieutenant governor under Haley.
The former president emphasized McMaster's endorsement as a significant gesture from a governor who supported him.
During a Fox News town hall in Iowa, Trump expressed openness to considering individuals who ran against him, mentioning a favorable opinion of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who recently dropped out of the primary race.
While Trump has not revealed his potential running mate, some allies have urged him to consider a female candidate, with names like Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem being suggested.
The former president has kept details about his vice-presidential pick closely guarded, adding an element of anticipation and speculation within political circles.
While emphasizing the historically minimal impact of such decisions on elections, Trump estimated a 25 percent chance that the person he likes would be his pick.
Despite allies urging him to consider a female candidate, Trump has not disclosed details, adding anticipation and speculation to his potential running mate.