Who could it be?
During a recent Fox News town hall in Iowa, former President Trump hinted at his awareness of potential candidates for his vice presidential pick if he secures the GOP nomination. When anchor Martha MacCallum pressed him on who might join him on the Republican ticket, Trump remained elusive, stating, “Well, I can’t tell you that really. I mean, I know who it’s going to be.” Despite his secrecy, Trump suggested openness to considering individuals who had competed against him in the primary elections.
In a seemingly light-hearted comment, Trump expressed a preference for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had withdrawn from the primary race that day. However, a Trump campaign adviser later clarified that no final decisions had been made regarding the vice presidential selection.
As the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump has consistently led in both national and state-level polls since announcing his candidacy in November 2022. According to polling averages from The Hill/Decision Desk HQ, Trump maintains a substantial lead over his GOP rivals, with a 53-percentage-point advantage in national surveys, a 36-point lead in Iowa, and an 11-point lead in New Hampshire.
Despite maintaining secrecy about his potential running mate, Trump has mentioned South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem as a contender. Notably, it is unlikely that Trump will choose his former vice president, Mike Pence, for a repeat campaign. Some of Trump’s allies have advocated for a female running mate, with names like Rep. Elise Stefanik, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Nikki Haley being among those considered.