Trump’s Vice-President Selection Thoughts

( – Expressing his views about potential running mates in the run-up to next year’s election, former President Donald Trump, who currently leads the Republican field for the presidential nomination, discussed the role of the vice-presidential candidate in the election process.

In an exclusive, extensive interview with Breitbart News at Mar-a-Lago, Trump asserted that, historically, the selection of a vice president has had minimal impact on the outcome of presidential elections.

Reflecting on the significance of the vice-presidential nominee, Trump said:

“If you study the history of presidential runs, a vice president has never made a difference—which is surprising. It’s a one-night story, and then they’re back to a regular evening. They’re voting for the president. They’re not voting for the vice president. There has, not that I can think of, never been a vice president that’s made much of a difference in terms of nomination and in terms of even winning the election.”

While Trump did not discuss potential vice-presidential picks or the timing of such a decision, he acknowledged the Republican Party’s array of capable individuals. “So, look, we have some very good people—the same people you know,” he stated.

He added:

“They’re good people. We have some people that would like me to run with certain others. Maybe I can’t do that because you have to go with what your gut tells you. Winning is very important. Look, if we don’t win this, I think this country is finished. I actually do.”

Notably, Trump appears unbothered by donor-class establishment efforts to promote former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a contender for the GOP nomination, as his running mate.

Donors argue she could attract women and moderate voters, but Trump’s belief in the limited influence of a vice-presidential candidate seems to diminish the likelihood of such a strategy.

The list of potential running mates is expansive, including figures like South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), House Republican conference chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).

With the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary rapidly approaching, where Trump holds significant leads, a likely GOP nomination could prompt early discussions about Trump’s potential vice-presidential choice.