- Trump needs a VP operating mate with more similarities to himself as he appears to 2024, per an ex-advisor.
- “Trump’s going to be looking for someone cut from the same cloth he is,” Michael Caputo told the AP.
- Trump has reportedly indicated an curiosity in choosing a feminine operating mate.
In 2016, Donald Trump tapped then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential operating mate in what was seen as a shrewd transfer to bring on a Republican each trusted by grassroots conservatives and who had experience in state and federal government.
But seven years later, the previous president — who’s operating for the Republican presidential nomination for a 3rd time — is prioritizing a vice presidential nominee who’s more just like himself as he considers 2024 operating mates, former Trump aide Michael Caputo told The Associated Press.
Trump, who has continued to rail against the 2020 presidential election and Pence’s role in certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory, appears to be looking for a No. 2 that’s maybe more loyal.
Trump is not pushing to make any main selections but, however he has thought-about just a few potential choices and has proven an curiosity in choosing a feminine operating mate, the AP reported.
Caputo, a former assistant secretary for US Department of Health and Human Services, told the information outlet he felt that Rep. Elise Stefanik, the chair of the House Republican Conference, can be his high choose.
“I think the president learned a lot from his experience with Pence,” Caputo, who was a 2016 presidential campaign advisor for Trump, told the information outlet. “I think this time Trump’s going to be looking for someone cut from the same cloth he is, not from a different, complementary cloth.”
While Trump is now the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, the race continues to be in its earliest phases. The former president’s only different declared opponents are former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the only different Republican who now threatens Trump’s dominance in the nomination contest, has not but formally announced whether or not he’ll pursue a 2024 presidential campaign.