Trump Name Drops Scott, Noem as Potential Running Mates

( – According to average polling shared on February 5 by FiveThirtyEight, former President Donald Trump is leading former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the Republican primary by 55.8%. While there are still quite a few states to go in the primary election process, many feel that Trump will be the Republican nominee, leaving some to speculate about who he would choose as a running mate.

On the same day as the polling, Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” aired a pre-recorded interview between Trump and host Maria Bartiromo. During that discussion, the former president made it clear that he wouldn’t announce his pick for vice president quite yet but did mention two names — Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R). While he spoke highly of both Scott and Noem, he didn’t exactly say they were possible VP picks.

Regarding the SC senator, Trump said he’s been watching the legislator recently and really likes his “beautiful endorsement” for him as president. The former US leader said he recently called Scott and told him he’d make a better “candidate for [him]” than for himself. Senator Scott recently dropped out of the GOP primary race and quickly threw his support behind Trump.

As for Noem, Trump said he likes how she’s been “fighting for [him].” He also liked that the governor said she would “never run against him” because she would lose, adding that was a “very nice thing to say.” Noem said she talks to the former president frequently, and he’s never asked her to be his running mate.

Those curious about Trump’s VP pick will have to wait a “while” before he makes the announcement, but he said there were several “great people” within the GOP from which to choose. A previous report from Axios floated Senator JD Vance (R-OH) and Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as possibilities as well.

Do you think Trump supporters would like Noem or Scott as VP picks? Do you think either would help or hurt his chances for president?

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