Representative Kevin McCarthy, the former GOP House Speaker, stated that if former President Donald Trump clinches the Republican nomination in 2024, as it is widely anticipated, he should choose political rival Nikki Haley as his running mate.
“If I was a political person, and I was going to advise somebody, you’re going to pick the vice president that’s about addition, not subtraction. So you’re not going to pick somebody that already equates to you,” McCarthy told American journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
“Now if I was picking for purely political decisions, what it looks like today is the anti-Trump vote is going to Nikki Haley,” he added.
McCarthy purportedly told Sorkin that Trump has to attract both Republicans and Independents in order to retake the White House, since many voters are “unwilling to support the former president.”
He believes Trump should pick a candidate who can persuade that specific demographic to support him.
“Well, right now I think it would be Nikki Haley, in my view. But the question is: Who you select, will they serve? So that’s another question you have to have. And it’s about addition,” McCarthy said when Sorkin asked who he thought Trump’s VP pick should be.
Sorkin also asked McCarthy whether he thought Haley would agree to be Vice President under Trump.
“It’s up to Nikki,” McCarthy said in response. “But this is a bigger question for Trump: If his campaign is about renew, rebuild and restore, he’ll win. If it’s about revenge, he’ll lose. The only person that’s going to determine that is — not his campaign ad — is him.”
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