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.