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Trump VP Pick

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) suggested that Trump should consider a vice-presidential pick who “truly represents areas where he needs to be more competitive to secure a win.”

The third-term GOP senator faces slightly more challenges than Scott, primarily due to the constitutional requirement that presidents and vice presidents cannot reside in the same state. This might necessitate a change of residence. Additionally, choosing Rubio could leave a Senate seat vacant in Florida, a more competitive state than South Carolina, despite Republicans’ recent dominance in statewide elections there.

However, Rubio, a Cuban American with solid conservative credentials and extensive experience in the Senate and foreign affairs, is an attractive option for some Trump allies.

“Marco Rubio would be good. He’s already proved he’s pretty competent,” said Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), Trump’s medical adviser during his first term. Jackson also mentioned Ben Carson, Trump’s former housing secretary, as a potential candidate.

Among the most ardent MAGA supporters in the GOP, Scott and Rubio are clearly preferred over Haley.

“People keep trying to float Nikki Haley’s name on the list. And [Trump] keeps saying ‘not happening.’ I would agree with that,” said Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), a House Freedom Caucus member. “Tim Scott will help him, Marco Rubio will help him, Elise Stefanik will help him. I think J.D. Vance will help him.”

J.D. Vance, known for his combative style, is increasingly favored by those seeking a more aggressive vice-presidential nominee. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who is running for an open Senate seat, said Vance “appeals to the working-class voters in swing states and the Midwest who will decide the 2024 election… and I think having a combat veteran on the ticket would be a big benefit to President Trump.”

In an interview, Vance mentioned he had no insider information. “I’ll just say I’m glad it’s not my decision,” Vance added. “He’s got pretty good instincts. My advice, for what it’s worth, is that Trump follows his.”

While Cramer appreciates Vance personally, he doubts Vance would enhance Trump’s electoral chances this November. “[Vance] just cements the MAGA world, but they’re already pretty well cemented in,” Cramer said.

Another frequently mentioned name is Burgum, who has expressed his support for Trump since exiting the presidential race. Burgum has admirers on Capitol Hill, including Cramer, and has earned favor in Trump’s circle for his loyalty.

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