G. McConway
September 18, 2023

Trump VP Speculation Hits Overdrive

Donald Trump never shows his cards, even though it is likely that his mind is already made up.

No… he will not give up the tapes until it suits him and he needs the news cycle's attention.

So, while NBC's Kristen Welker tried to get a name from Trump, he played coy while dropping hints as to who it could be.

And the Winner Is…

There has been a lot of speculation over the last week that Governor Kristi Noem (South Dakota) has locked up her spot on Trump's ticket after the governor endorsed Trump, reported the New York Times.

Welker asked Trump about a possible VP candidate, and he stated, “I like not to think too much about that. You always do a little bit, but I really don’t think it’s time. I want to win. And, you know, it’s very interesting about running mates.

"When you get down to a vice president, they said, ‘Nobody’s ever made that kind of a difference. It’s still about the person that’s going to be president.’ But it’s an important decision."

That is actually not true. Vice presidential candidates are usually brought in to secure votes that the presidential candidate is not getting. Were it not for Pence, Trump never would have landed the full support of evangelicals the way he did in 2016.

For Biden, Kamala Harris was instrumental in landing the minority vote as well as the female vote.

I am not saying it is always make or break, but they do make a difference in the voting on election day, especially for a first-time candidate.

When asked if he was leaning toward a woman, Trump responded, “I like the concept, but we’re going to pick the best person. But I do like the concept, yes."

He was then asked specifically about Noem and if would consider her for a VP candidate.

Trump responded, “I do. I think she’s fantastic. She’s been a great governor. She gave me a very full-throated endorsement, a beautiful endorsement, actually. And, you know, it’s been a very good state for me.

"And certainly, she’d be one of the people I’d consider, or for something else, maybe. But we have a lot of people. We have a lot of great people in the Republican Party."

Trump also liked the fact that Noem, who was considered a potential 2024 candidate, backed out when Trump announced, stating that nobody could beat Trump if he runs.

It is also no coincidence that immediately after Noem endorsed Trump and became what most believe to be the frontrunner for the number two on the ticket, a report surfaced of an alleged affair with Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski, rumors that Noem, who is married, has denied.

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