(PresidentialHill.com)- People have been surmising who former President Donald Trump might select as his running mate for the 2024 presidential election – and whether he’ll name that running mate ahead of winning the GOP primary, or whether he’d wait until after he officially secured it.
Some names who have been mentioned to this point are former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley – who actually is running for president herself right now – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, former Fox News anchor Kari Lake (who ran for Arizona governor this year) and current Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
It’s been reported that Trump is strongly considering a female running mate, and one potentially surprising name was raised this week – Tulsi Gabbard, who is a former member of the House as a Democrat.
Gabbard has a pretty public profile. In addition to being a prominent Democrat during her time in Congress, she also ran for president at one point herself.
Last year, she made even more headlines when she decided to leave the Democratic Party because she was fed up with where the party was going. Since then, she’s been appearing on Fox News now and again, and she even spoke at the CPAC event.
Gabbard isn’t officially a member of the Republican Party right now – she’s registered as an independent – but many people believe that could change in the near future.
This is pure speculation at this point that Gabbard might be named Trump’s running mate, but one of the reasons why it makes sense is that she’d likely be a great person to target the “woke” social policies of the Democratic Party here and abroad. She would come with some legitimacy to her claims as well, since she was a former member of the liberal party not that long ago.
She also very much falls in line with Trump’s views on foreign policy and how America needs to stay out of a lot of the different situations that it constantly finds itself in.
In addition to being able to play to conservative voters quite well, Gabbard would also have some draw with Democrats who are familiar with her name and what she did for the party in Congress. Those non-die-hard Democrats might actually be convinced by what she’s saying and leave the party themselves – or at least decide to vote for a presidential ticket of Trump-Gabbard in 2024.
This all sounds fine and dandy when discussing hypotheticals, but would this situation actually happen in real life? In actuality, it would be a longshot, to say the least.
It’s unlikely that Trump would pick Gabbard, especially since he has four other women on his shortlist for running mate who are staunch Republicans in his mold. Both Haley and Sanders worked under his administration, after all, while Lake and Noem are hardcore supporters of his policies.
But, Gabbard certainly makes for an interesting case and one that would be exciting, to say the least.