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Ex-Dem Tulsi Gabbard Responds When Asked About Possibly Being Trump’s VP

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Tulsi Gabbard, a former House Democrat who ran for president in the 2020 presidential election, said she would be open to having a “conversation” with former President Donald Trump about potentially being his running mate.

The 42-year-old made an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” and admitted her secret ambition to be Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential election.

The conversation began when Hannity asked Gabbard about the uproar over UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s remark that “a man is a man, a woman is a woman.” Gabbard said it was “irritating” to see that such a statement could be controversial, adding that it was evidence of “how crazy society has become.”

“It’s amazing that this is the time we live in when such a statement is believed to be controversial by some and an act of courage by others,” Gabbard said.

Hannity then pivoted and asked Gabbard about the 2024 presidential election and whether she had an interest in possibly being Trump’s running mate.

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Hannity asked: “Last question, this came up. If Donald Trump for example wins the nomination, he has a pretty sizeable lead, and make a call and say, ‘Tulsi I want you to run with me’. What would you say?”

Gabbard smiled at the question and confidently replied, “I look forward to having that conversation.”

Hannity then asked Gabbard to elaborate on some of the things she would want to consider before saying “Yes” to the proposition.

Gabbard replied, “I want to be in a position to help protect our country’s freedom and to prevent us from getting into yet another catastrophic war. I don’t just want to be a picture on the wall. I don’t want to be somebody who just cut ribbons.”

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Interestingly enough, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld made headlines recently when he predicted that Trump would pick Gabbard as his running mate.

During a segment on “The Five,” Gutfeld and the co-hosts discussed Gabbard leaving the Democratic Party. Gutfeld spoke highly of Gabbard, saying she is the “definition of an individual” and predicting she will be Trump’s running mate in 2024.

“The thing I like about Tulsi is that if she were to give you two opinions, you could not predict a third. She’s a definition of an individual. Like, I disagree with her on probably at least 30%, maybe 40% of things, but the boxes she ticks aren’t the boxes that Kamala ticks. Her boxes are achievements and ideas. That’s different than skin color and where she was born — not where she was born, but whatever her background is. So, I think that is what makes her so different. I have never seen her angry in my life. And just lastly, I think she’s going to be Trump’s VP. That’s where this is going,” Gutfeld said.

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“But I do think when she said ‘the anti-white racism,’ she said something most people can’t say. That takes serious stones to say that, because it is true. I mean, in the Democratic Party they made it really clear that, you know, you can be racist against white people because they have it coming. And I think that’s why everybody is so desperately identifying as something else. ‘No, no, I’m not white!’ Everybody is finding something else to be. So that’s why you come to the Republican Party or you become an independent. Then you can be who you are, you don’t have to pretend,” he added.

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Trump recently indicated that he does not see much potential for a running mate among the current crop of Republican candidates contending for the 2024 nomination.

During a recent speech in Michigan, Trump referred to the GOP candidates congregated in California for the second Republican primary debate as “all job candidates.”

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“They’ll do anything: secretary of something, they even say VP. Has anyone seen a VP in that group? I don’t think so,” Trump told the crowd at an auto parts plant in Clinton Township.

Steven Cheung, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, said that Trump “was very clear in his remarks” but did not directly address whether the former president is excluding all seven candidates from the debate.

However, one name might be high on his “VP list” — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.

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