Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kari Lake and Rep.
Elise Stefanik are named as potential running mates for Donald Trump in 2024 (Getty Images) Trips to Mar-a-Lago. Glowing speeches.
Front-row seats at major events.The first Republican presidential primaries are nearly a year away and the candidate field is unsettled. But already, a shadow contest of another sort is underway with several Republicans openly jockeying to position themselves as potential running mates to Donald Trump, the early front-runner for the nomination."A lot of people are right now auditioning," Trump boasted to supporters in Florida last month.The mere mention of a running mate this early in the process is a departure from the traditional timeline of presidential primaries, where candidates typically spend the opening months of a campaign introducing themselves to voters and sharing their visions for the country.
But as a former president, Trump needs no introduction and is eager to project an air of inevitability around his campaign, particularly as attention builds around Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is widely seen as his toughest potential GOP rival.READ MORE: Donald Trump returns to Iowa planning for more disciplined campaignTrump campaign officials insist that the vice presidential search is not something they have been actively discussing."We appreciate all support for President Trump, but the clear focus is on making sure that he wins the Republican nomination and is well-positioned to win the general election in 2024," said Jason Miller, a longtime Trump adviser.Former US President Donald Trump speaks during an "America First Education Policy" event in Davenport, Iowa, US, on Monday, March 13, 2023.
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