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Republican Wants To Be Trump’s VP – But He ‘Absolutely Hates’ Her: Report

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There is a new potential candidate for former President Donald Trump’s running mate, but she faces serious opposition.

Three South Carolina Republicans told The Daily Beast that Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) has been promoting herself as a vice presidential pick through appearances on cable news, publicity stunts, and brash social media posts.

However, a source close to Trump said he “absolutely hates Nancy Mace,” and one of her former aides was even more direct.

“I would see Trump pick [Mike] Pence before he picks Mace,” that former staffer said.

“She would absolutely dump on Trump,” her former aide said, adding that “there’s no chance in hell” that Trump would choose her.

“She despises him,” the former aide added. “She would call him an idiot and use other sorts of words… She is not a friend of Trump, and Trump is not a friend of hers.”

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung shot down the idea: “None of these so-called sources know what they’re talking about. If they spent half the time spreading untrue stories as they do on their mental health, they’d be much happier people.”

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Trump recently indicated that he does not see much potential for a running mate among the current crop of Republican candidates contending for the 2024 nomination.

However, one name might be high on his “VP list” — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.

During a recent interview, Trump said of Noem: “I think she’s fantastic. She’s been a great governor. She gave me a very full-throated endorsement, a beautiful endorsement. It’s been a very good state for me, and certainly, she would be one of the people I would consider for something else, maybe. We have a lot of great people in the Republican Party.”

Trump teased that he liked “the concept” of selecting a woman as his running mate but that he’s also looking for “the right person.”

“You always do a little bit, but I don’t think it’s time,” Trump said. “I want to win, and, you know, it’s very interesting about running mates, when you get down to a vice president, they said, ‘Nobody has ever made that kind of a difference.’ It’s still about the person that’s going to be president.”

A recent report from Roll Call speculated that Trump’s “VP list” is likely down to these five Republicans, with Noem’s name likely being near the top:

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem

Arizona Republican Kari Lake

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik

Not only have Trump’s polling numbers rocketed since he was hit with four indictments, but he has a slight lead over Joe Biden among voters in seven crucial battleground states that will likely decide the 2024 election.

Voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin were polled by Bloomberg/Morning Consult, and their results showed that Trump was ahead of Biden by 4 percentage points due to widespread disapproval of the vice president’s handling of the economy.

Trump has a 5-point lead over Biden in Georgia, a 4-point lead over Biden in Arizona, a 2-point lead in Wisconsin, a 1-point lead in Wisconsin, and a 1-point lead in Pennsylvania.

According to the survey, Biden is ahead of Trump by three points in Nevada, and the two candidates are neck and neck in Michigan.

Trump would get the advantage in a three-way race next year between him, Democratic President Joe Biden, and Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., according to a new poll.

“Trump claimed 39% support in a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, originally published by The Hill. Biden trailed with 33% to Kennedy’s 19%. A further 9% were undecided.

Of those, 42% would back Trump if they had to make a decision, 36% would choose Biden, and 22% would opt for Kennedy,” Just the News reported on Friday.

If Kennedy is removed from the equation, Trump would still be the clear leader, taking a 5 percent lead over Biden, 46-41 percent in the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll.

According to RealClearPolitics’ average of polls, Trump is leading Biden by less than 1 percent.

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