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Report: Trump Eyes Doug Burgum as Potential VP

 May 10, 2024

Amid speculation over his next vice-presidential pick, former President Donald Trump is reportedly considering North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum as a potential running mate for the upcoming presidential election.

As the Republican National Convention nears, Burgum is reported to be a significant contender for the number-two slot on Trump's ticket, as Breitbart reports.

In December, after withdrawing from the GOP presidential primary, Burgum promptly endorsed Trump on the eve of the Iowa Caucuses. This move placed him in a favorable position within Trump’s circle, hinting at a more substantial role in the future.

Trump's Victory in Iowa Propels Burgum into the Spotlight

Following Trump’s success in the Iowa Caucuses, he expressed a desire to see Burgum in a pivotal role in his administration, suggesting a possible VP candidacy.

Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota later confirmed Trump’s high regard for Burgum, noting his potential for a cabinet position since last summer.

Reports on Jan. 17 further fueled rumors about Burgum's rising status. Discussions between Trump and Burgum hinted at possibilities extending beyond a cabinet post, stirring speculations about his role as Trump’s running mate.

Despite the electoral challenges posed by North Dakota's smaller demographic impact, Trump’s team considered Burgum's substantial fundraising abilities and his alignment with Trump’s policies as pivotal strengths.

Burgum Showcases Commitment and Work Ethic Alongside Trump

After joining Trump on a flight to New York following the Iowa victory, Burgum shared insights about Trump’s relentless work ethic. He recounted the rigorous schedule Trump maintained, working through the flight and continuing his engagements the following day.

On Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Saturday, Burgum expressed his admiration for Trump, emphasizing his dedication and hinting at his openness to a vice-presidential nomination. "We’ve got to get President Trump… the nomination; we gotta get him elected. There’s a long way to go before any of those scenarios come true," Burgum remarked.

While discussing the role of a vice-presidential candidate, Trump himself underscored the primary focus on the presidential candidate, stating, “They’re voting for the president. They’re not voting for the vice president. There has, not that I can think of, ever been a vice president that’s made much of a difference in terms of nomination and in terms of even winning the election.”

Competitive Field for Trump’s Vice Presidential Pick

Although Burgum is a prominent figure in the race, other Republicans are also being considered for the vice-presidential slot.

Notable figures include Sens. Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, J.D. Vance, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, Dr. Ben Carson, and others.

Trump confirmed that his list of potential running mates also includes at least Sen. Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Byron Donalds, Gov. Kristi Noem, and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. This diverse group indicates a wide search for a candidate who complements Trump’s campaign strategy and political vision.

Sen. Kevin Cramer further elaborated on Burgum’s qualifications, asserting that he has “earned serious consideration” in the veepstakes. This endorsement from a fellow North Dakotan highlights Burgum’s rising influence within the party and his potential to impact the national political scene.

Summary of Burgum’s Prospective Vice Presidential Candidacy

The consideration of Burgum as a vice-presidential candidate underlines a strategic move by Donald Trump to bolster his campaign with a capable ally who has demonstrated commitment and political acumen. Burgum’s background as a successful fundraiser and a loyal supporter may prove instrumental as the GOP gears up for a challenging election.

As the political landscape continues to evolve, the final decision on Trump’s running mate will be crucial in shaping the Republican campaign and potentially the broader national political dynamics. With the Republican National Convention on the horizon in July, all eyes will be on Trump’s selection process, which could redefine the party’s chances in the upcoming election.

In conclusion, Doug Burgum’s ascent in the veepstakes highlights his significant role in the GOP and his potential to bring a unique set of skills and regional appeal to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. His dedication and alignment with Trump’s policies make him a noteworthy candidate in the crowded field of potential vice presidents.