Donald Trump gives major hint he will run for office in 2024
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The next US presidential elections might still be just under three years away but ex-president, Donald Trump, is already discussing how his next campaign is poised to be rolled out. One key point of contention still to be decided is who Mr Trump will select as his ‘running mate’. Here, Express.co.uk takes a look at who’s been mentioned so far and whom Mr Trump could favour.
Currently, Mr Trump has yet to make his 2024 bid official. However, he is expected to run, with his decision thought to be announced after the 2022 midterm elections.
According to Politico, Mr Trump has been putting in place the foundations for a “campaign-in-waiting” and is now starting to consider who to choose as his running mate for 2024’s elections.
In US politics a running mate is the person that a candidate has selected to help them win that election.
Should that candidate win an election, their running mate is usually installed as their Vice President.
During the 2016 US presidential elections, Mr Trump was supported by Mike Pence – who went on to serve as Vice President during Mr Trump’s term as President.
Typically, a presidential candidate will select a running mate who balances out and satisfies all wings of the party they’re representing.
However, such is Mr Trump’s support from the Republican Party it’s thought that his choice this time will be much more his own preference.
Speaking to Politico, John McLaughlin, one of Mr Trump’s campaign pollsters, said: “A lot of times, a presidential candidate will pick a running mate to balance out wings of the party. But with Trump, that’s not the issue. He is the party, basically. It’s so united behind him.
“So his choice, if he runs, will come down to what he wants. It would be a much more personal decision this time.”
Who will Trump choose?
Close associates to Mr Trump believe that his selection will be based on two factors – unquestionable loyalty and an agreement of Mr Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential elections were stolen from him.
Last April, Mr Trump name dropped current Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, as a potential running mate.
Speaking at the time Mr Trump said: “He’s a friend of mine. I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocket ship. He’s done a great job as governor.
“But certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy.”
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Although, there are doubts over whether Mr DeSantis would be the preferred candidate given he may yet announce his own decision to run for the presidency.
Tim Scott, Senator for South Carolina, is another name that has been touted as a potential running mate for Mr Trump.
After his 2013 election, Mr Scott, became the first black senator to be appointed from the South since the US ‘Reconstruction Era’ – a period after the American Civil War.
Mr Scott recently held a meeting with the former president and has already announced that, despite holding presidential ambitions of his own, he would not run for 2024 should Mr Trump decide to as well.
Several women have also been mentioned as potential running mates for the former president.
Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, and Tennessee Senator, Marsha Blackburn, have both been mentioned and thought to be high on the list of names that Mr Trump is considering.
The next US presidential elections are scheduled to take place on Tuesday November 05, 2024.
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