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Trump Floats Two Potential VP Picks

The former president said he has considered South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem as running mates

Trump Floats Two Potential VP Picks

Former President Donald Trump named two potential running mates for his 2024 re-election bid.

Trump said South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem were potential picks for vice president during a Sunday interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo.

"I have a lot of good people," Trump said when asked about whether he has selected a running mate. "I have a lot of good ideas, but I haven't."

The former president said he was not in a rush to make his selection and added he would not have an official announcement for "a while." Trump said he speaks to "everybody" and wants his running mate to be an equally solid fit for president.

"I called Tim Scott. … I said, ‘You’re a much better candidate for me than you are for yourself,'" Trump said of Scott, who previously ran for the Republican presidential nomination earlier in the primary season. "When I watched Tim, he was fine, he was good, but he was very low-key, et cetera, et cetera.”

Trump said he had watched the South Carolina senator "defending," "sticking up," and "fighting" for him in the last week on the campaign trail.

"For me, he’s been a real tiger," Trump said. "He’s been incredible. And others have too.”

Although Trump said his running mate "could be" Scott, the former president also suggested Noem as a potential pick for vice president.

“Kristi Noem has been incredible fighting for me,” Trump added. “She said, I’d never run against him because I can’t beat him. That was a very nice thing to say.”

Bartiromo referenced a recent story claiming Trump's team had reached out to independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about running as Trump's vice president pick.

"That's a false story," Trump said. "I like him a lot, [but] never happened."

Scott suspended his presidential campaign last November and endorsed Trump for re-election shortly after.

“We need a president who will close our southern border today!” Scott told a New Hampshire Trump crowd. “We need a president who will unite our country. We need Donald Trump!”

Noem endorsed the former president last September during one of Trump's campaign stops in her home state.

"It is my honor to present to you the man in the arena," Noem said. "He is a man of significance. He is the leader, the fighter, that our country needs. He has my full and complete endorsement for President of the United States of America."

"I will do everything in my power to help him win to save this great country," she added.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is Trump's final remaining competitor for the Republican nomination.

The former president handily defeated Haley in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary in January.

Trump and Haley will face off in the Nevada primary on Thursday.

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