(PatriotWise.com) — While interviewing Donald Trump in New Hampshire over the weekend, Fox News’s Bret Baier asked the former president if South Carolina Senator Tim Scott was on his shortlist for possible running mates, and Trump’s response was somewhat tepid, Mediaite reported.
Scott, who recently dropped out of the Republican presidential race, endorsed Trump last Friday during a campaign event in New Hampshire, snubbing Republican Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who appointed Scott to the Senate in 2013.
During last weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Baier revealed that he asked Trump if Senator Scott was in the running for vice president.
In the interview, Baier mentioned to Trump that he had suggested that he had already chosen his running mate for 2024 and asked the former president when he expected to make that announcement.
Trump said the choice of running mate “never really had that much of an effect on an election,” so he “may or may not” reveal his choice for VP “over the next couple of months,” adding that there was “no rush.”
Typically, a presidential candidate announces his choice of running mate during the nominating convention.
Trump suggested that the VP announcement “won’t have any impact” on the race. He said the person he liked for the job was “very good” and “pretty standard,” adding he didn’t believe people would be surprised by his choice.
When Baier asked if Senator Scott was on the list, Trump described Scott as a “great guy” and noted that the South Carolina senator endorsed him and not the former governor from his home state.
Trump then went off on a tangent about South Carolina’s other Republican politicians who endorsed him over Nikki Haley, including Senator Lindsey Graham and the current governor, Henry McMaster.
Several names have been floated as possible running mates for Donald Trump, including Nikki Haley, South Dakota Governor Kirsti Noem, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, and even Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
During the January 11 town hall on Fox, Trump told Baier and co-host Martha MacCallum that he had already decided on his running mate but refused to say who it was.
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