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.

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Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, 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 on her website, 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. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • Other than Carson they are all Uniparty bought and paid for. I am loving this election farce. It’s like a Mel Brooks/Monty Python combo movie that never ends.

  • When voting for a president I think it is important to consider the VP candidate as well.
    Trump will not be able to serve another term if he wins this one. Who of the above can carry the Republicans ahead? I like Ms. Stefanik, but I think either Vance or Cotton has the better potential for the NEXT election.

  • The only person on that list that I’d be okay with is Ben Carson. The rest can be flushed down the toilet. I’m also disappointed that Vivek is not on the list.

    • An interesting article that makes one wonder which is the preferred version. Meaning if you are Trump supporter, you will say how bad the action taken by the Biden administration was. If you are a Biden supporter, then you would down Trump for being so uncaring.

  • Yeah, I too am disappointed Tulsi Gabbard was not on the list. She is smart and sharp.

    I would like to see someone with a military background. They generally are a bit more hesitant to send our troops into harms way than a career politician, who has never served.

    • Tulsi is a not what she appears to be . She has contradicted herself many times
      She is either some sort of shill or DS plant .
      look at her love affair with India’s RSS Nazi party n BJP n Modi
      Check out her guru ?
      She was or still is part of a cult

      Not a single person on this list deserves a piss if they were on fire , I’d perhaps spare Carson .

  • Vance, Scott and Donalds and not necessarily in that order. I like Dr. Ben Carson, but don’t think he has the fight in him that the others do. Vance has military service and is a venture capitalist so would think he is less likely to send our troops where they don’t belong. Being a venture capitalist, I believe he understands the financial markets and capitalism in general better than the others. Considering the backgrounds of Scott and Donalds they should understand how to best help the less financially fortunate in ways the Democrat party has suppressed for so long and I think they will have more appeal to the voting public at large.

  • Carson and Vance are the only ones from the list I like. The rest are Uniparty shills. Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be good. I would be surprised if Trumps base would even like most of these. Not sure Tulsi Gabbard would be a go either but has a great military background.

    He needs someone who will amp up his base, run for President when he can’t any longer and be a very strategic pick for his agenda.

  • Trump needs to think “out of the box” Robert F Kennedy Jr an independent candidate as VP would pull in more votes across party lines. I don’t agree with everything but that’s the same with ALL of them.
    They have a lot in common with not giving up. Kennedy has had a consistent presence in government his whole life.
    I know, I know that’s not the way it’s done!

  • I like Vance, Cotton and Carson but I too dont think either of these old men are going to survive their term in office, so a VP choice js in reality a presidential choice as well. I admire Vance for escaping and succeeding from the white ghetto he grew up in, I grew up 7 miles away in another white ghetto, but he is too inexperienced politically. Cotton does have the experience politically but military leadership is significantly different from civilian leadership. Carson is by far the smartest in the entire line-up, probably any line-up anywhere, but he really shines in a ddifferent leadership position, one with far less constraiints than POTUS. The others are all Uniparty shills and obvious ones too. I think that before the NYC debacle Trump was constrained by finances into many of these choices but no longer. I dont think he will choose any of them actually. The ssd truth is that it will likely be a RINO to consolidate the GOP and bring in the Indepependents ie. Moderates who are 40% of active voters.

  • Not sure who I would choose from the list, but generally speaking, it should be a real Constitutionalist, someone with a genuine love for this nation and an extremely strong will, who would stand up against the Globalists.

    Someone who would be the Globalists’ worst nightmare.

    I am concerned that if Mr. Trump chooses a “moderate” or establishment type, he will be setting himself up as a target to be eliminated, then his establishment VP will take his place, and then it will be a return to business as usual for the Globalists and their Uniparty minions. Endless taxes, endless wars and the end of our freedoms.

    As an aside, I am not sure if Vivek is Constitutionally qualified for the office.

    I believe that a President must be a US citizen at the time of his birth. My understanding is that his parents were not US citizens when he was born, though he was born in the US. Thus he was not a US citizen when he was born.

    Not a Constitutional scholar, though I was a passport clerk for the Postal Service and this was something we had to study.

    • Those who are born in the US, including Vivek, are American citizens. And he is a more committed, enthusiastic American than most Americans.

  • I would like to see Carson get it. I think he would bring a lot to the table. I think he has it in him to fight for what is right and not back down as evidenced by his stands in various issues.

    • I think he is vital to a cabinet somewhere but possibly too timid (we need those too in other positions) for VP. He is a classy even tempered guy but feel he’d get plowed over upon opposition from the tyrannical members in Congress & media.

  • Ron Desantis would be the ideal VP for the next term and after Trump is no longer eligible. He is a military veteran, experienced lawyer and politician with first-hand knowledge of the workings of both houses of congress and he has shown he will not bend the knee to political pressure. He would be my write in nominee if allowed. For now and the future.

  • The last election overcooked my election pessimism. I’ll play the game just in case, but honestly I’ve pretty much checked out.

  • Have you noticed that the liberal media has never said anything negative about Dr. Carson? That respect, and Dr. Carson’s calm personality, would add to the ticket. He would be better at handling the next pandemic than Pence was.

  • Burgum should be in a Cabinet position, as should Carson. Vivek might not be on this list, but he will have a role in the administration. I like Cotton, but think he would be best at DOJ, FBI or Pentagon/VA type spot. I am partial to Vance, he is my Senator. Elise is ok; just not sure she is vp material. Tim Scott would be my second choice. Byron should have a place at the table, just not vp.

    • DeSantis is great, but there again, the American people need him as Governor of Florida. I wish Abbot was as good as DeSantis.

  • J.D. Vance! He grew up in an environment where he had to try hard to survive; he not only survived, he learned how to be both compassionate and tough. His book “Hillbilly Elegy” is one of my top 10 favorite books of all time. He’s made some mistakes, but as I always point out, Billy Graham isn’t on the ticket, so we need to make allowances for human failure and vote for the best man for the job. I say “man” because short of Kari Lake, there aren’t any women who I think are up to the toughness the job requires. Possibly Stefanik; not Tulsi Gabbard. I’d love to see Kari in a cabinet level position. Stefanik needs to stay in the House, where she can be very effective.

  • I had high hopes about Tim Scott and I think he’d help get Trump elected, but he fell flat for me in the debates and in other campaign appearances. He wasn’t as impressive as I thought.

    Burgum, no–two super-rich white guys are not going to appeal to the masses. He’d be better in a cabinet position. From this list, I like Ben Carson and Elise Stefanik the most. Carson would be good for the black vote and the Christian vote (plus he’s an incredibly capable and good person) and Stefanik is young and smart and would give Trump more credibility with women.

  • I hate to say it but if this is his serious list of VP’s Trump is still the Idiocrat Oligarch he always was and that he intends to actually change nothing whatsoever.

    • Wow, someone who dares to say the truth about Trump in a forum that seems by the question to be only for Trump because of actually seeing where he has come from and what he has been doing. Part of that proof is that if Trump were so far different (and popular) as he has manipulated the media, and therefore the people, to believe, he would have left the RINO half of the Uniparty and gone Independent like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has done leaving the DINOs. He already has his Secret Service protection that is purposely refused now for the sixth time to RFK, Jr.. He has the money, $15,000,000, to pay for all the legal signatures he would need to get onto all 50 states’ ballots therefore not needing to go to all 50 states to get volunteers to get the signatures. So it does indeed beg the question as to why he has insisted on staying within the one half of the Duopoly?

      • Right now we are not electing people but ideologies. America or antiAmerica.
        Who would you rather be in the white house for 4 years. Uncle dementia and his America hating puppet masters or a less than stellar guy who at least appeared to be trying to do the right thing last time he was there?
        These are the choices.

  • My choice would be Dr. Ben Carson. This man has a calm demeanor, he is very well spoken and of the bunch he loves America and Americans.

  • Trump has a bad record on who he chooses. I was shocked when he chose Pence as his running mate last time—Pence had a history showing he was untrustworthy. I think Trump is the reason the Republicans did not do as well in the midterms as they had hoped—some of the people Trump endorsed were bad candidates (not bad people personally, rather bad as candidates). Too many of his fans blindly followed him. I expect him to choose the wrong person again.

    I don’t care for Trump personally. What cinched my vote were the people he ran against. In other words, my vote was a negative vote.

  • Ben Carson. He has proven himself and would be a good compliment to the Trump administration bringing decorum and some order to the chaos that will be the administration in the new government.

  • These people are nothing but more lightweight bureaucrats – the only real brave member of Congress who would be a good VP and even better President is MARJORIE TAYLOR GREEN! None of these political hacks tell the truth like MJT does!

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