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Trump Announces Choice for Running Mate, Anticipates Their Presence at Debate

Speculation Abounds as Former President Keeps VP Pick Under Wraps.

Former President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he has privately selected his running mate for the 2024 presidential election. Speaking at a campaign stop in Philadelphia, Trump offered insights into his decision-making process but refrained from revealing the identity of his chosen candidate.

When asked by NBC News if he had decided on a vice president, Trump replied, “In my mind, yeah.” He added that “nobody knows” who he will select but hinted that “most likely” this person will be present at the upcoming debate next week.

  • Upcoming Debate: Trump indicated that his chosen running mate is expected to attend the CNN-hosted debate with President Joe Biden on Thursday in Atlanta.

  • Vetting Process: Reports suggest that Trump’s campaign has been vetting several potential running mates, with North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) emerging as leading candidates.

  • Criteria for Selection: According to a senior adviser, Trump is looking for a “strong leader who will make a great President for eight years after his next four-year term concludes.”

Governor Doug Burgum commented on the selection process, stating that Trump’s choice will likely be someone who can help him govern effectively rather than attract more voters. Former Vice President Kamala Harris’s aide, Ashley Etienne, noted that Sen. J.D. Vance could pose a significant challenge to Harris in a debate.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has also been mentioned as a potential candidate, although there are concerns about the implications of the 12th Amendment, which restricts a presidential ticket from having two individuals from the same state. Trump, who changed his residency from New York to Florida in 2019, faces potential complications if he chooses Rubio.

Other names circulating in the veepstakes include former Cabinet member Ben Carson, House Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL).

Trump’s campaign plans to announce the official running mate around the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee next month, building anticipation and speculation about who will join him on the 2024 ticket.

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