As Republican field narrows, eyes to VP selection

by Will Tubbs

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News

 

Although there are 49 states yet to primary, and a mathematical chance for several candidates to earn the Republican nomination, a resounding win for former President Donald Trump in Iowa and steady polling has all but two camps talking running mate. 

Earlier this week, Trump took the caucuses in a landslide win, one that the legacy media confirmed only moments after the process ended. And, in the latest in a series of signs that Trump should waltz to a third nomination, even Republican Party power players and Trump’s previous opposition are rallying behind him. 

“I believe this race is over, so I am proud to endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said during an appearance on Fox News. 

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who suspended his campaign earlier this week, likewise threw his support behind Trump. 

“I respect immensely President Trump’s openness to putting the right ideas into action,” Ramaswamy posted on X. “May the next 4 years be an American renaissance ahead of us.”

With all signs pointing to a Trump win, political observers, if not the former president, are beginning to speculate about potential vice presidential candidates. 

The early favorites are Ramaswamy, who has been accused of angling for a vice presidential invite all along, and New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

Stefanik has been a strong Trump supporter for several years and is now active on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. She’ll speak on Trump’s behalf multiple times between now and the famed primary. 

“I am calling on every other candidate — all of whom have no chance to win — to drop out,” Stefanik wrote in a statement, “so we can unify and immediately rally behind President Trump so that we can focus 100% of our resources on defeating Joe Biden to Save America.”

Trump has not given many clues as to how he is leaning with regard to a running mate, but many observers drew some significance to his referring to Stefanik as “a killer” several weeks ago after she grilled a trio of Ivy League presidents over allegations of antisemitism on their campuses 

HALEY, DESANTIS PRESS ON

Trump’s remaining competition consists of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Despite the steep odds, neither has given up hope, and both head to substantially purpler New Hampshire with hopes of garnering much-needed momentum.

DeSantis has been pushing his record against “woke” policy and, in an interesting strategical decision, bragging of the fact that political action committees have poured money into negative campaign ads against him. 

“I’ve had almost $50 million spent against me so far in this campaign — that’s more than has been spent against Joe Biden and Donald Trump combined,” DeSantis said on X. “They wouldn’t do that unless they saw me as a threat.”

DeSantis performed better than expected in Iowa, although he was still well outpaced by Trump, so there is still an outside chance he can rally. 

“The fight continues. On to NH, NV, and SC!” the DeSantis campaign posted on X

Haley has gone in strong on New Hampshire, where she’s been on a whirlwind tour of the state all week and is being accompanied by ally and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.

“I have a different style and approach from Joe Biden and Donald Trump,” Haley posted on X Tuesday. “No drama. No vendettas. No whining. Just results.”

Trump, at present, seems comparatively more concerned about Haley than DeSantis. This week, the former president has gone on the attack against Haley, painting her as an establishment candidate and too weak to take down President Joe Biden in the general election.  

“A vote for Nikki Haley…is a vote for Joe Biden and a Democrat congress,” Trump posted on Truth Social. 

Haley responded with an X post that read, “Why is Donald Trump spending so much time and energy attacking me? Because he knows I’m a threat.”

TRUMP CONTINUES PUSHING IN PRIMARY STATES

It would be unfair to characterize Trump as taking anything for granted in the race for the Republican nomination. 

He remains, as ever, active on social media and spent time in New Hampshire this week.  Although he has since returned to Florida for a funeral, Trump has a full slate of events in New Hampshire leading up to the primary. 

“Just landed in West Palm Beach from New Hampshire, where the event and enthusiastic crowd was incredible,” Trump posted on Truth Social late Wednesday. “Will be back on Friday for big [rallies] over the weekend. Staying through Election Night, but today will be devoted to the funeral (Celebration!!!) of a GREAT WOMAN, ‘Babi,’ the Beloved Mother of Melania and Grandmother of Barron — And what a Woman she was!!!”

The New Hampshire primary is slated for Jan. 23. 

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