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Kristi Noem says she would consider being Trump’s running mate, if asked

 August 19, 2023

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota has made it clear that she would be open to the possibility of joining forces with former President Donald Trump as his vice-presidential candidate in the upcoming 2024 election.

In an interview with Fox News, Noem stated that the role of vice president is a significant opportunity that anyone should consider earnestly, as it would enable them to serve their country.

Noem's Deliberations

When questioned by network host Sean Hannity about her past reluctance to discuss a potential presidential run, Noem said, "This is a different question. And I will tell you that, of course, I would consider it."

The governor emphasized her commitment to the nation and expressed her belief that it's everyone's responsibility to rebuild the country.

"If President Trump is going to be back in the White House, I'd do all I can to help him be successful," Noem said.

South Dakota's Success Under Noem's Leadership

Noem also took the opportunity to tout her state's thriving economy, highlighting South Dakota's welcoming regulatory environment.

According to the governor, the state stands out for accepting occupational licenses from all other states, a policy that has effectively attracted new businesses and skilled professionals to the region.

With no income tax and a record low unemployment rate of just 1.8%, Noem attributes some of her state's success to that cross-honoring of licenses and to offering competitive salaries for apprenticeships.

The governor enthusiastically invited Americans to consider moving to South Dakota, proudly declaring, "We invite everybody to give us a call: Freedom works here."

Noem's Views on a Presidential Run

The two-term governor and former four-term U.S. congresswoman also addressed questions regarding her own presidential ambitions.

Noem emphasized her focus on South Dakota and her aspiration to continue living a "life of significance."

She said, "I think we all should get up every single day and do what we can to protect this greatest experiment in history. Our founders gave us an incredible gift. Let's not drop the ball on our watch."

In a separate interview last week, Noem acknowledged the challenges in the current presidential field, particularly with Trump as the front-runner.

"The fact is, none of them can win as long as Trump's in the race. And that's just the facts. So why run if you can't win?" she remarked during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

Noem also expressed her appreciation for Trump's leadership and his respect for state governance.

She contrasted this with President Joe Biden's approach, stating of Trump, "When he was president, he let me do my job – and I appreciate that. Biden doesn't do that."

Should Trump be elected, he would be the first president to serve two separate terms since Grover Cleveland.