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Another name has dropped as a potential 2024 running mate for Donald Trump, and this one is notable for the fact that the two ran against each other for the nomination.
Several names have been brought up as potential contenders for the position, often women. However, a new frontrunner has emerged, and it happens to be one of his former opponents from the 2016 contest: Dr. Ben Carson, who went on to serve as Trump’s Housing and Human Development secretary.
“A source who is familiar with President Trump’s thinking tells me that @RealBenCarson is the leading frontrunner to be his Vice President choice in 2024 at this time,” the Calvin Coolidge Project reported on the X platform.
Unlike many who served in former President Trump’s administration, Dr. Carson has remained loyal to the former president, which is something that Trump values.
In October, Carson made his support for the former president official by giving him his endorsement.
“Our nation is in desperate need of strong leadership. A President who fights for the American people, our freedoms, our safety, and our future. Donald J. Trump is that leader, and I am proud to give him my full endorsement for President of the United States today. Join me in this fight to Make America Great Again!” he said.
Trump is currently leading the 2024 GOP presidential field by quite a bit, according to the polls, but he still is a long way from officially snagging the party’s nomination.
But that hasn’t stopped the 45th president from considering potential running mate candidates, and he threw out yet another unconventional name last month: Former Fox News star Tucker Carlson.
During an interview on “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show,” the hosts asked Trump if he’d consider Carlson.
“Oh, wow,” Trump said, going on to recount the massive viewership his interview with Carlson generated on the X platform in August, where he appeared instead of the first GOP primary debate.
“I like Tucker a lot, I guess I would,” he said, according to The Daily Beast.
“I think I’d say I would because he’s got great common sense. You know, when they say that you guys are conservative, or I’m conservative, it’s not that we’re conservative, we have common sense,” he added.
— The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show (@clayandbuck) November 8, 2023
Several other names of potential running mates have surfaced as well.
In August, for instance, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was said to be contemplating whether to become Trump’s 2024 running mate or make a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2026.
The outlet also said she has yet to decide whether to run against Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) or perhaps take a Cabinet position within a new Trump administration.
She said it would be “an honor” to be Trump’s veep choice, adding she’d consider being his running mate “very, very heavily.”
“I haven’t made up my mind whether I will do that or not,” Greene said, according to the paper. “I have a lot of things to think about. Am I going to be a part of President Trump’s Cabinet if he wins? Is it possible that I’ll be VP?”
Greene additionally criticized Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who has fueled speculation about a potential Senate bid in 2026, over his response to the fourth indictment of Trump, which stemmed from charges filed by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
And also, last month, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) gave a strong hint that he wouldn’t mind being Trump’s running mate.
During a Sunday morning interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo asked the Republican lawmaker if he would be interested in serving as Trump’s number two aide.
Bartiromo asked: “Congressman, I want to switch gears real quick. Ask you about 2024, because I know some people would have liked to see you get the gavel and become speaker, but others say, well, maybe you have a different road ahead. Would you accept the vice president position if Donald Trump asked you to be his partner?”
“We’re going to get back to work and do our jobs with respect to being potentially on the ticket. That’s really up to the president. I have no control over that. The only thing I’ll say is I just want to do whatever I can to get our country on track. That’s what I’ve always been committed to. So no matter what the role is, it’s about getting our country back on track,” Donalds said.