Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) addressed speculation that she might be Trump’s running mate in 2024. Mace is a member of the Republican Party.
Mace was asked by Charlamagne tha God, host of The Daily Show, if she would be interested in being Trump’s running mate during a recent appearance on the show.
“I think it’s intriguing. It’s interesting,” she said. “I haven’t been asked yet, and my focus is now on South Carolina as it always will be and I understand why people might be talking about it. I do a lot for women’s issues and Republicans lost women last year.”
“But my focus today, as it always will be, I love the Lowcountry, where you and I grew up in, and that’s where my focus is. It’s a conversation we need to have because I want my little girl to know that she can be president one day.”
Six unnamed Republicans with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast that they overheard Mace saying that she might be a vice presidential pick for Trump in 2024.
In a post to X, formerly Twitter, conservative commentator Laura Loomer wrote, “Hearing that Nancy Mace @NancyMace is in consideration for VP.”
“Nice. @mtgreene [Marjorie Taylor Greene] is probably fuming with jealousy,” Loomer added.
According to Politico, Trump previously called Mace a “grandstanding loser,” while she said the former president’s “entire legacy was wiped out” following the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
However, following Trump’s recent string of indictments, Mace spoke with Politico and said, “We can’t afford four more years of Joe Biden.”
“I’m willing to bury the hatchet to save the country, and I know President Trump is, too,” Mace told Politico in June.
Politico also reported in June that Chris LaCivita, a senior adviser to Trump’s 2024 campaign and former consultant for Mace, responded to her comments about the former president.
“The fact that Nancy has been a constant and consistent presence in defense of President Trump has not gone unnoticed,” LaCivita said.
Earlier this month, three South Carolina Republicans told The Daily Beast that Mace has been promoting herself as a vice presidential pick through appearances on cable news, publicity stunts, and brash social media posts.
However, a source close to Trump said he “absolutely hates Nancy Mace,” and one of her former aides was even more direct.
“I would see Trump pick [Mike] Pence before he picks Mace,” that former staffer said.
“She would absolutely dump on Trump,” her former aide said, adding that “there’s no chance in hell” that Trump would choose her.
“She despises him,” the former aide added. “She would call him an idiot and use other sorts of words… She is not a friend of Trump, and Trump is not a friend of hers.”
Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung shot down the idea: “None of these so-called sources know what they’re talking about. If they spent half the time spreading untrue stories as they do on their mental health, they’d be much happier people.”
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.
However, one name might be high on his “VP list” — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.
During a recent interview, Trump said of Noem: “I think she’s fantastic. She’s been a great governor. She gave me a very full-throated endorsement, a beautiful endorsement. It’s been a very good state for me, and certainly, she would be one of the people I would consider for something else, maybe. We have a lot of great people in the Republican Party.”
Trump teased that he liked “the concept” of selecting a woman as his running mate but that he’s also looking for “the right person.”
“You always do a little bit, but I don’t think it’s time,” Trump said. “I want to win, and, you know, it’s very interesting about running mates, when you get down to a vice president, they said, ‘Nobody has ever made that kind of a difference.’ It’s still about the person that’s going to be president.”
Not only have Trump’s polling numbers rocketed since he was hit with four indictments, but he has a slight lead over Joe Biden among voters in seven crucial battleground states that will likely decide the 2024 election.
Voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin were polled by Bloomberg/Morning Consult, and their results showed that Trump was ahead of Biden by 4 percentage points due to widespread disapproval of the vice president’s handling of the economy.
Trump has a 5-point lead over Biden in Georgia, a 4-point lead over Biden in Arizona, a 2-point lead in Wisconsin, a 1-point lead in Wisconsin, and a 1-point lead in Pennsylvania.