The topic of who will be Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential election is already generating buzz, with several Republican figures already being touted as potential candidates. Kari Lake, a former news anchor and Arizona gubernatorial candidate, has emerged as a strong contender due to her unwavering loyalty to Trump and her pro-MAGA rhetoric. Another name in the mix is controversial congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is actively positioning herself as a potential vice-presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is also seen as a possible running mate by Trump, who reportedly considers her a potential candidate. As the 2024 election draws closer, it remains to be seen who Trump will ultimately choose to be his partner on the ticket.
Among those who are considered most enthusiastic about the vice presidential role is Kari Lake, a former news anchor and previous candidate for Arizona governor. Lake has been suggested as a potential running mate for former President Donald Trump in the upcoming 2024 presidential election and has become increasingly popular among Trump’s MAGA base. Lake also won a CPAC straw poll, where audience members were asked whom they would prefer as the Republican vice presidential nominee. Lake has been spotted at various events with Trump and has demonstrated unwavering loyalty to him, to the extent of kissing a portrait of Trump during a keynote event dinner, which was polarizing to many but showed the extent to which she likely idolizes Trump.
Axios reports that Kari Lake, who recently referred to Steve Bannon as a “modern-day George Washington” at CPAC, may be a candidate for Donald Trump’s running mate in the upcoming presidential election. According to sources close to the former president, he is interested in selecting a woman for the role and sees Lake as a potential model for the job. Despite losing the governor’s race, Lake has become a skilled politician with a knack for conspiracy theories, media bashing, and pro-Trump rhetoric, making her a potential asset to the MAGA movement. Other women on Trump’s shortlist include Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kristi Noem, and Nikki Haley.
Lake has not had any formal discussions with Trump or his campaign officials about the vice presidential role, but she has made it clear that she fully supports Trump and would be willing to comply with his requests. Her unwavering support for Trump and her readiness to carry out his wishes could make her an appealing running mate for the ex-president. Whether Trump will ultimately choose her for the position remains to be seen.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
There has been much media speculation about the possibility of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a controversial congresswoman who recently proposed a “national divorce” between red and blue states, being selected as Donald Trump’s running mate for the 2024 election. As the current Republican front-runner, Trump has been considering various candidates and has expressed a desire for a female candidate who will display unwavering loyalty.
According to two sources close to Greene, she is actively positioning herself as a potential vice-presidential candidate and sees herself on the shortlist for the role.
Steve Bannon, the ex-chief aide of Trump who presents the podcast “Bannon’s War Room”, where Greene has appeared as a guest, stated:
“This is no shrinking violet. She’s ambitious — she’s not shy about that, nor should she be,”
“She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s VP. Paraphrasing Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror she sees a potential president smiling back.”
To broaden her appeal within the Republican Party, Greene has been working to rebrand herself as a politician who can attract both hard-liners and establishment Republicans, including supporting the election of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House and taking on assignments in high-profile committees investigating the Biden administration.
The move to support McCarthy has risked alienating some of Greene’s allies in the House Freedom Caucus and conservative activists, but it was seen as a calculated power move. She has been described as “strategic and disciplined” and willing to take short-term heat for the long-term goal of being a player.
It is unclear if Trump is seriously considering Greene as a potential running mate at this early stage, and his aides have not commented on the matter. Greene’s spokesperson stated that she is “laser-focused on serving the people of Northwest Georgia” and that people should not get wrapped up in rumors.
Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who is currently the No. 3 Republican in the US House, has not ruled out a potential 2024 campaign for vice president alongside former President Donald Trump, who reportedly considers her a possible running mate. However, at the time Stefanik stated that her current focus is her looming election and helping Republicans win a House majority in 2022.
Last year, Stefanik commented on the possibility of being Trump’s Vice President should he win in 2024, saying:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” Stefanik said when asked by The Post if she was ruling out a future veep run alongside Trump.
“I want to congratulate Elise on her success. Man is she moving fast. That means at this rate she’ll be President in about 6 years,” Trump said of Stefanik in January of 2022.