Trump’s VP Prospects Vie For Prominence Following The First Debate

( — The top contenders for Republican Donald Trump’s running mate are using last Thursday’s debate to better position themselves as the presumptive nominee prepares to make his selection.

Possible vice presidential picks, including North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, were in Atlanta to support Trump in the CNN debate and have praised his performance.

Following Biden’s disastrous debate performance, Burgum told Fox News that Trump was already winning the presidential race on his own so his choice of running mate would be “someone who can help him govern.”

The North Dakota governor, who briefly ran in the Republican primary, described Trump’s performance in the debate as a “knockout,” and said Trump had a strong showing.

Senator Vance told NBC News that no matter the choice of running mate, Trump is “at the top of the ticket” and the choice Americans need to “govern this country more effectively.

Vance touted the former president’s debate performance, describing it as “high energy.”

While Vance opposed Trump in the past, the Ohio senator said his support for Trump was part of his effort to get “better people” elected no matter what happens with the veepstakes.

While fielding questions in the post-debate spin room, Marco Rubio tamped down the VP talk, saying nobody had yet been chosen as Trump’s running mate and his presence in the spin room was “about the debate.”

The Florida Republican suggested that Trump would reveal his choice sometime in the coming weeks.

The presumptive nominee previously said that he had made his choice and has since revealed that he would announce his running mate at the upcoming Republican nominating convention in Milwaukee in August.

Other Republican vice presidential contenders who have received vetting material from the Trump campaign include South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, former HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and Florida Rep. Byron Donalds.

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