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Trump Is Officially Vetting These People for the Vice President Spot

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There’s been a lot of buzz about who would be former President Donald Trump’s running mate as he goes head-to-head with current President Joe Biden in November. Former Vice President Mike Pence is out of the question since they had a falling out over him affirming Biden’s victory in front of Congress after the last election, which many people still believe was unfairly rigged.

I have to admit, I’m rather disappointed that Tulsi Gabbard and Vivek Ramaswamy don’t appear to be under consideration. With the ages of Trump and Biden, it’s increasingly likely that whoever is the vice president will end up being the president over the next four years.

Here are the people who received vetting paperwork for the VP slot.

Multiple sources confirm that the following seven people have received paperwork to begin the vetting process for the vice presidential slot.

  1. Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance
  2. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum
  3. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott
  4. Florida Rep. Byron Donalds
  5. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
  6. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
  7. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton
  8. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson

Politico reports:

The former president has said there is a “good chance” he will announce his vice president pick around the time of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee in mid-July. During the 2016 campaign, Trump announced then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just a few days before the start of the nominating convention.

“Anyone claiming to know who or when President Trump will choose his VP is lying, unless the person is named Donald J. Trump,” said Brian Hughes, a Trump campaign spokesperson.

Senator J. D. Vance

J.D. Vance is a former US Marine who served in the Iraq War. Later, he attended Ohio State University and Yale Law. Vance wrote a bestselling book, Hillbilly Elegy, which was turned into a movie by Netflix. He is a venture capitalist who became the junior senator from Ohio in 2023, making his one of the shorter political careers under consideration.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum

Governor Burgum first came onto my radar during the presidential primary debates, but he’s been governor of North Dakota since 2016. He is a wealthy businessman, worth $100 million, according to Forbes. He has a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Senator Tim Scott

Senator Scott also distinguished himself in the presidential primary debates. Scott grew up poor and was raised by a single mom. He graduated from Charleston Southern University and became a businessman, then ventured into politics. He has served in the Charleston County Council, the South Carolina House of Representatives, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate.

Representative Byron Donalds

Donalds grew up in Brooklyn and was also raised by a single mother. He graduated from Florida State University and has served in the House of Representatives since 2016. His career has been primarily focused on elder affairs, criminal justice reform, and ensuring that each child has access to a world-class education. He recently came under fire for some comments about Jim Crow, which he said were taken totally out of context.

Representative Elise Stefanik

Stefanik is the youngest member of the group and the only woman. She attended Harvard University, where she graduated with honors, and was the first person in her family to attend college. She became a member of Congress in 2014, at the time, the youngest woman ever elected to that position. She is also the chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the most powerful female Republican in the Congress.

Senator Mark Rubio

Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants. According to his official bio: “Born in Miami, Rubio was drawn to public service in large part because of his grandfather, who saw his homeland destroyed by communism.” He attended  the University of Florida for his bachelor’s degree and received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. He began his political career serving as a city commissioner in West Miami and as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. In 2010, he was elected to the US Senate. In the past, Rubio and Trump have been at odds, exchanging many harsh words.

Senator Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton grew up on a farm in Arkansas and attended Harvard and Harvard Law School. According to his bio, “After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Tom left the law because of the September 11th attacks. Tom served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. Tom served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Tom served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.” He served one term in the House of Representatives and then became a senator.

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Carson grew up in Detroit, then attended Yale and John Hopkins Medical School. He is a retired neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins that were attached at the head. In 2012, he published a book called America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great. This was followed by One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future and A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties. Carson’s books were all co-written with his wife, Candy. He had an unsuccessful run for president, then served as the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Trump. He has a reputation for being ultraconservative and a devout Christian.

Who do you think will be Trump’s vice president?

Who do you think will be chosen? Who do you hope will be chosen? Do you think there are any wildcards we haven’t heard about yet?

Let’s discuss it in the comments section.

About Daisy

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, adventure-seeking, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty; 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived; and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. Her work is widely republished across alternative media and she has appeared in many interviews.

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