Trump Says He’ll Name VP Pick at Convention

( – On May 1, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump told a reporter during a campaign visit to Wisconsin that he would likely pick his running mate “not too much before the convention.” The Republican National Convention is set to take place in Milwaukee on July 15. Recently, he indicated a possibility that it could happen at the event.

Weeks later, on May 16, Scripps News’ Charles Benson asked the former president what the chances were that he would announce his running mate during the RNC gathering. Trump said there was “probably a pretty good chance” but wouldn’t give a 100% guarantee. Then he told Benson that he was “pretty close” and affirmed he would announce in Milwaukee.

While there have been rumors and hints as to who is on his short list, Trump’s campaign assures that only the former president knows who is under consideration. Any short-list rumors, they said, were simply rumors.

The top contenders floating around as possible picks include South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R), North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R), Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and JD Vance (R-OH), Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and former Representative Tulsi Gabbard (R-HI).

Intelligencer also listed South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R), former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy (R), and several others. While many crossed Noem off the list after her recent puppy and goat-killing revelations, Trump recently played down the controversy, indicating she may still be a possibility.

Trump has had some of the above attend recent meetings and events, adding to the speculation about who he will choose. However, he didn’t give Benson any hints during his recent interview.

The former president briefly mentioned the possibility of an announcement before moving on to talk about voting, the upcoming debates between him and President Joe Biden, and Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Trump also emphasized how important Wisconsin will be in determining who wins the White House in November.

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