Tim Scott could be Trump's VP frontrunner: Report

 January 27, 2024

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) just might be the frontrunner to become former President Donald Trump's running mate. 

This is according to a new report from the Washington Examiner. 

"Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) stoked speculation that he could be Donald Trump’s pick for vice president after he endorsed the former president in the GOP primary on Friday," the outlet reports.

Scott's endorsement

In case you missed it, Scott endorsed Trump on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at the New Hampshire primary, which Trump went on to win.

"We need a president who will close our southern border today. We need Donald Trump," Scott said.

He added, "We need a president who will unite our country. We need Donald Trump. We need a president who will protect your Social Security and my mama’s Social Security. We need Donald Trump."

Scott himself was a participant in the 2024 Republican presidential primary until he realized that he did not have a legitimate chance of winning. After dropping out, he refused to put his support behind another candidate until just recently, with this endorsement of Trump.

The speculation

The Examiner, for its report, shows that many congressional Republicans have suggested that a Trump-Scott general election ticket could win.

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has even suggested that Scott's recent engagement to Mindy Noce could be a sign that Scott is gearing up to be Trump's running mate.

"He’s preparing for it. He’s getting married," Tuberville said.

Scott's dodge

Scott was asked about whether he is interested in becoming Trump's running mate during a recent appearance on CNN's State of the Union. Scott dodged the question.

He said, "The only thing I want is four more years of Donald Trump and a Republican majority in the Senate, majority in the House, and the White House so that poor kids who are today growing up in neighborhoods like I grew up in have a chance for quality education."

Some have interpreted Scott's dodge as a sign that he is not interested in becoming Trump's running mate, while others have interpreted it as a sign that Scott is interested in becoming Trump's running mate. Scott told the CNN host that she "could take [his response] any way [she] wants."

Trump has yet to give any indication about whom he is going to select to be his running mate. Besides Scott, other frontrunners are said to include Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH).

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