Trump Considers Adding Glenn Youngkin to VP Contender List

Former President hints at Virginia Governor as potential running mate after recent meeting.

In a surprising development, former President Donald Trump met with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin on Thursday and hinted that Youngkin might be added to his list of potential vice presidential running mates for the 2024 election. The meeting focused on strategies to turn Virginia red, a state that has consistently voted for the Democrat candidate in recent cycles.

Key Points from the Meeting:

  • Discussion of Virginia's Electoral Landscape: Trump and Youngkin discussed what it would take to secure a Republican victory in Virginia for the upcoming presidential election. The state, which Biden won by 10 points in 2020, now shows a dead heat in new polling, with both Trump and Biden at 48%.

  • Trump's Consideration of Youngkin: When a Fox News reporter suggested Youngkin as a possible VP candidate, Trump responded positively, stating, “He’s great. And I think I could consider that. Yes. I haven’t been asked that question, but he would be on that list. He’s very good. We had a great meeting about Virginia.”

  • Speculation on VP Choices: While this is the first indication that Youngkin is being considered, Trump’s campaign has already reached out to several other candidates for potential VP paperwork. These include Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Cabinet member Ben Carson, among others.

Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, had previously lobbied for Youngkin to run for the Republican Party nomination, further adding to the speculation. However, there have been no reports of Trump’s campaign formally reaching out to Youngkin for VP vetting.

As the 2024 election draws nearer, Trump’s selection of a running mate will be crucial in shaping the Republican ticket. Youngkin’s addition to the list highlights the strategic considerations at play, particularly in swing states like Virginia.

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