For many months now, there have been rumors and speculation about who Donald Trump might be considering as a potential running mate for the 2024 Presidential Election. And while all the rumors continue to remain just that, a new name has surfaced…from the Democratic party no less.
Recently, when asked about joining forces with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an outsider in the Democratic race for president in 2024, Trump claimed that he was “a smart guy” and had strong support within his own party.
It is also suggested that people are fond of them being a combination-Trump/Kennedy looks good on a bumper sticker- however Trump has not taken any action towards this idea just yet.
There have been four women speculated to become Trump’s vice presidential pick: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, New York Representative Elise Stefanik, Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Arizona Republican Kari Lake.
Governor Noem was initially uncertain if she should endorse Trump during her state’s campaign rally last week, but eventually changed her mind and did so anyway- leading to speculation of what role she might play in the upcoming election.
Governor Noem has held political aspirations for quite some time now and was considered for Agriculture Secretary back in 2016 before deciding against it.
She ran digital advertisements on Facebook during 2022 midterms in states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina which are important territories for presidential candidates- perhaps indicating she wanted to raise her profile nationally ahead of next year’s race.
There were whispers around that time that she would be running herself but then decided against it instead focusing her attention on South Dakota itself instead.
A source close to Donald Trump told CNN that when Noem’s name comes up its received positively due to being loyal to him and defending him without taking the spotlight away from him either- something he values highly apparently.
A Republican strategist also speculated that Noem is keeping all options open at this stage as everything is so fluid politically right now while pushing her state forward.
This leads to two conclusions: either she will end up serving under a hypothetical future Trump administration or seek office elsewhere such as Senate originally hoped by some Republicans until John Thune made clear he’d stand again.