With a massive victory in the Iowa caucuses at the beginning of the week, speculation concerning who former President Donald Trump might select for his vice president should he win the nomination and take on President Joe Biden in the general election this November. George C. Upper III, a writer for The Western Journal, produced a list of three specific individuals he believes might be on Trump’s shortlist for VP nominations. These are folks you should keep your eye on in the coming weeks and months.
Trump’s victory in Iowa was extremely impressive. He pulled a staggering 51 percent of the vote, which set a new record as he took the top spot by 30 points. The previous holder for the record in Iowa was Bob Dole in the 1980s, with 13 percent. I don’t think the former president’s record will be beaten any time soon. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second with former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley finishing third.
Here’s more from Upper’s article:
That’s the question Republicans all over the country have started asking, and while it’s really still anybody’s guess, Trump himself has said that his mind is already made up, and Axios suggested late Thursday night that the three most likely candidates are New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance, and Haley.
As The Western Journal wrote on Thursday, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, the representative from New York is the leading contender for the role.
Man, could you imagine the massive meltdown liberals would have if Trump actually picks Bannon to be his vice president? The same guy who was held in contempt of Congress and has been a super outspoken individual concerning a number of inconvenient truths about the deep state over the last decade? Heads would explode all over the place. It would be an awesome sight to see. I’m using “awesome” to mean something to behold in “awe” not something that’s cool. We all know when liberals pop, riots and all sorts of nastiness ensues, so I hesitate to call such an outcome “cool.”
I actually disagree with Upper concerning Bannon being the top pick for the vice presidential slot on Trump’s ticket. I feel that spot, for the moment, belongs to Ramaswamy. Lots of Trump’s supporters have fallen in love with him due to his sticking it to establishment Republicans during the debate phase of the primary, especially Haley. He’s very popular and was enthusiastically received by the MAGA crowd during a campaign even this week where he threw his support behind Trump.
There’s a lot of folks who think some of the others on the list are sure picks for the former president.
“Stefanik is at the top,” he told NBC News when asked about chatter among Trump allies that she would be his pick.
Stefanik was the first sitting member of Congress to endorse Trump for 2024 — a fact she likes to repeat publicly in interviews — and told NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier this month that she’d be “honored to serve in any capacity in a Trump administration.”
Axios noted that some “questions persist about Trump’s vulnerabilities in the general election,” — the RealClearPolitics average of polls for the still-hypothetical (barely) matchup between Trump and incumbent President Joe Biden gives Trump only a 1.6-point advantage — and that raises of the question of how much Stefanik would help with that.
As Upper points out, we shouldn’t forget that Ohio brings a massive number of electoral votes to the table, 18 in total, thus having Vance on the ticket as the veep might be a good choice too. Ever since the mid-70s, Ohio has voted a total of seven times in favor of the GOP candidate for president and only five for Democrats.
Given the news that came out on Friday concerning affidavits allegedly confirming Haley was unfaithful to her husband, I don’t think choosing her for the position would be wise. Most Americans view her as an establishment candidate and want to avoid her like the plague, not to mention her troublesome positions on funding for Ukraine and abortion.
Which of these three would you like to see run with Trump against Biden/Harris?