Former President Donald Trump might really be looking into the possibility of nominating former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as his running mate if he wins the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. According to sources for CBS News, the GOP presidential candidate has been seeking the opinion of some of his allies regarding the idea of Haley as his vice presidential pick.
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Per POLITICO, Trump has plainly asked sources, “What do you think of Trump?”
The outlet reported that the reports have been mixed. Some of his solid supporters, including his son Donald Trump, have rejected the idea. On the other hand, some of his allies like Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), are in support of the potential move.
When quizzed on the topic during the New York Times’ Dealbook Summit last month, he agreed that Trump should pick Haley.
“If I was a political person, and I was going to advise somebody, you’re going to pick the vice president that’s about addition, not subtraction. So you’re not going to pick somebody that already equates to you. Now if I was picking for purely political decisions, what it looks like today is the anti-Trump vote is going to Nikki Haley,” he stated.
Haley, however, is not the only one Trump is looking at for the position. According to POLITICO, the GOP front runner has also tried to get his allies’ perspectives on other possible candidates, including Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Bryon Donalds (R-FL), former Arizona Gov. Kari Lake and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
He is also looking into Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who was also in the 2024 presidential race before dropping out last month.
As for Haley, she has not outrightly ruled out the possibility of being Trump’s vice presidential pick. Amid criticism from fellow GOP presidential candidates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the issue, she revealed that she does not “play for second.” However, she did not directly reject the idea.