Former President Donald Trump recently appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” for an interview with host Maria Bartiromo. The interview covered various topics, including Trump’s potential running mate for the next presidential election. When asked about his primary opponents and if he could consider any of them as his vice president, Trump spoke favorably of Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).
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During the interview, Trump displayed some vagueness regarding his choice for running mate. He responded to the question by saying, “possibly,” indicating that he is open to the idea. Trump also mentioned that he has been impressed by some of the candidates on the stage and has received calls from a few expressing interest in the position. He hinted at the potential for these individuals to serve in his Cabinet as well.
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When asked specifically about Tim Scott, Trump praised him as a “very good guy” and highlighted their previous collaboration on opportunity zones. However, he acknowledged that Scott is currently focused on his own campaign and emphasized that there are other highly talented candidates in the race.
In response to inquiries about his interest in becoming a vice presidential candidate, Scott’s campaign referred to his recent comments on Fox News with Neil Cavuto. Scott made it clear that his objective is to become the president of the United States and not settle for second place. He emphasized his commitment to running a full-fledged presidential campaign and aiming to create a better American dream for the next generation.
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), currently in second place behind Trump, ruled out the possibility of being Trump’s running mate, stating that he is not interested in being a second-in-command and that the vice president does not possess much authority.
Interestingly, Trump mentioned entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy when asked about DeSantis. He acknowledged that Ramaswamy has been doing a good job and could potentially improve in the polls. However, Ramaswamy currently sits at fourth place, behind Trump, DeSantis, and former Vice President Mike Pence in the rankings.
As for Trump’s attendance at the upcoming Republican National Committee (RNC) debate hosted by Fox News, he stated that he has not yet made a decision. There is speculation that his absence could provide an opportunity for other candidates to gain ground and diminish his lead.
Overall, Trump’s interview revealed some insights into his potential running mate and his own plans for the upcoming election. The Republican primary race continues to evolve, with candidates positioning themselves for the chance to take on the presidency.