Speculation grows that Trump is eyeing former Dem Tulsi Gabbard as possible 2024 running mate

Former President Donald Trump formally announced his candidacy for the 2024 election shortly after the 2022 midterms were concluded, and the biggest question now is who he will pick to be his running mate.

A number of different names have been floated for a while but one relatively new addition to the speculation has raised quite a few eyebrows — former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), the Conservative Brief reported.

Gabbard, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2020 and left Congress in 2021, famously quit her political party last year and has since become quite outspoken in opposition to various aspects of the ideological left’s policy agenda.

Trump will likely pick a woman as running mate

Roughly one year before former President Trump officially announced his 2024 candidacy, Politico reported in Nov. 2021 on the speculative conversations being had by members of Trump’s orbit about who he might choose to be his running mate in the next election cycle.

The most important characteristic in Trump’s search for a prospective vice president was said to be loyalty to him and his America First policy agenda

Within that context, the outlet noted that sources said the former president’s “selection would likely draw from three general lanes of candidates: women, conservatives of color or a trusted adviser — or a ‘consigliere,’ as one adviser described it.”

Trump has reportedly express interest in Gabbard

Now more than a year after that Politico piece and amid continuing speculation on who former President Trump might choose as his running mate, the overwhelming majority of names floated appear to fall into that first general lane of women candidates.

The Daily Beast reported Thursday about Trump’s supposed “shortlist” of possible picks and particular attention was paid to the newest name on that list — ex-Democrat former Rep. Gabbard.

She is said to have caught Trump’s eye during recent appearances as a contributor on Fox News, especially during a recent stint as the fill-in guest host for top-rated primetime host Tucker Carlson.

Somewhat similar to Trump, Gabbard is considered by some to be an outsider in terms of the D.C. political establishment and she certainly shares his reticence to get involved in foreign military conflicts.

However, while they align on a handful of issues, Gabbard is far from being a conservative, and it is unclear if she would be widely accepted by the GOP base, as the outlet noted that one unnamed Republican strategist likened Trump picking Gabbard to President Joe Biden dropping Vice President Kamala Harris in favor of a disgruntled ex-Republican like former Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) or Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

Other possible contenders

Of course, Gabbard is not the only woman’s name to be floated as a prospective Trump VP, as The Independent reported that other top contenders include Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), an exceedingly loyal firebrand outsider, and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who has similarly been unfailingly loyal but also has one foot in the political establishment as chairwoman of the House GOP Conference.

Another new name to be added to the discussion is that of the recently elected Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who previously served as the former president’s loyal White House press secretary.

Other women’s names have been floated in the past, too, according to the Politico article from 2021, including Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez (R), Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), with additional longshots that include former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R).

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