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Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, a businessman, would be a “fool’s errand” to select as vice president in 2024, according to former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
After Ramaswamy withdrew from the GOP race to support Trump and gave a passionate pro-Trump speech at a rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Outnumbered co-host Dana Perino asked him about the likelihood of Trump selecting Ramaswamy as his running mate for the election.
“I think slim to none,” McEnany said. “First, Jason Miller was asked about this — he advises President Trump — and he said no to Vivek. However, that was before Vivek dropped out.”
McEnany informed Perino that Republican voters do not seek a vice presidential candidate who is a “carbon copy of the nominee.” He went on to explain that including Ramaswamy would be politically pointless since he does not increase Trump’s support base.
“Vivek and Trump, they pick up the same base of voters. It’s the MAGA voters, the conservative voters,” McEnany said. “You want someone who’s going to add to your ticket. I think we’re at a moment in time similar to 1980 where Reagan chose George H.W. Bush to unify the Republican Party.”
While his rivals in the 2024 primary campaign attacked Trump, Ramaswamy consistently lauded and defended the outgoing president.
“Trump needs every single Republican vote, so choosing someone who is just like him, I think, is a fool’s errand,” McEnany said.
Fresh off his historic victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday,Trump is reportedly honing in on who he will ask to become his running mate.
The Calvin Coolidge Project noted on its X account that the leading GOP presidential contender is “seriously considering” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) as his choice.
Meanwhile, CBS News reported that Stefanik will be campaigning with Trump ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primaries, in which he currently leads by most polls, though GOP competitor Nikki Haley, his former UN ambassador, appears to be closing the gap in some surveys.
“This is the first time Stefanik – who is also the House GOP chairwoman – will join Trump as he tries to win the New Hampshire primary,” the outlet reported. “Stefanik was among the first members of Congress to endorse Trump in the presidential primary season in November 2022, when he announced his third bid for the White House. She’s viewed as a loyal ally to Trump, according to sources.”
After Trump’s Iowa win, Stefanik called on Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the remaining GOP field to drop out and unite behind him.
“I am calling on every other candidate — all of whom have no chance to win — to drop out, so we can unify and immediately rally behind President Trump so that we can focus 100% of our resources on defeating Joe Biden to Save America,” she wrote in a statement.
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) January 17, 2024
Meanwhile, ABC has decided to cancel a scheduled debate between DeSantis and Haley after the latter decided to opt out, vowing that her next one “will either be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden.”
For her part, Haley has said that she’s not running to be Trump’s VP.
“I’m not interested in being vice president,” she recently told CBS News. “I’m running to be president, and I’m running to win, and we will.”