The $64,000 question in politics remains: Who will Donald Trump choose as his running mate should he make another run for the presidency in 2024?
According to Newsmax, his tens of millions of followers just received another hint that it could be the second-most popular Republican in the party, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The news came about during an interview on a “History Tour” stop with former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, which took place over the weekend in Sunrise, Florida.
What about Pence?
It’s not a secret at this point that former Vice President Mike Pence’s relationship with the former president is rocky, at best. Though both men have indicated, to some degree, that the past is the past, Trump revisited the issue with O’Reilly.
“I think Mike has been very hurt by what took place with respect to Jan. 6,” Trump told O’Reilly and audience. “I think he’s been mortally wounded, frankly, because I see the reaction he’s getting from people.”
“They say: ‘Why didn’t he just hand it back to the legislatures? Why didn’t he do it?'” Trump added, referencing Pence’s refusal to intervene in the aftermath of the 2020 election, at a time when Trump and his allies believed that Pence possessed the power to make a difference in the outcome.
“I think Mike would be tough,” the former president added, which seemed to be a clear signal that Pence will not be at his side should he choose to run in 2024.
Who will it be?
O’Reilly couldn’t resist asking Trump who he might be looking at as a potential running mate in 2024, a question which Trump admitted he doesn’t like, citing the fact that he believes “there are a lot of people.”
“You have many, you know, they have been in the news all the time,” Trump said. “Should it be a woman? Should it be – I’ll tell you somebody who’s great is Tim Scott. A lot [of] people love Tim Scott. He’s great, a great person.”
When DeSantis’ name was mentioned, the attending crowd apparently went wild. “I think Ron would be good,” Trump added.
Hilariously, when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R) name was mentioned, the crowd erupted in deafening boos.
Only time will tell who Trump chooses for the ticket, should he jump into the race. A number of hints he’s dropped along the way seem to indicate that there’s a very strong chance that he will, in fact, make one last attempt at the White House, and it can’t come soon enough.