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Trump holds event with Gov. Kristi Noem, fueling speculation she might be his running mate

 September 9, 2023

Former President Donald Trump joined South Dakota's two-term Gov. Kristi Noem for a GOP fundraiser in Rapid City on Friday, as Fox News reported.

However, it wasn't just any political event: the gathering has ignited discussions about Noem's potential role as Trump's running mate in the 2024 election.

Noem and Trump: A Political Alliance

Gov. Noem, a staunch Trump ally, has consistently supported and is expected to officially endorse the former president.

Their combined presence on stage has naturally piqued interest in what might be on the horizon.

In a recent interview on Fox and Friends, Noem clarified, "We have not discussed it at all," when quizzed about the VP speculation.

Nonetheless, she remains open to the idea. "Yeah. I'd have to consider it. I think everybody would have to consider it if they were asked that question," Noem noted, emphasizing the pivotal times the nation is currently navigating.

"We all should step up to make sure we're doing all that we can to keeping our freedoms, our values, America the way that it's always been in place," she said.

Trump: The Republican Force to Reckon With

While Gov. Noem previously considered a 2024 presidential bid of her own, she firmly believes that Trump stands unmatched in the GOP race.

"He's the one that can win," she pointed out, highlighting the ex-president's commitment by attending the South Dakota GOP event while other Republican candidates were noticeably absent.

Addressing Trump's competitors for the nomination, Noem stated, "You can't rewrite history. So many of these candidates are trying to rewrite history."

Drawing attention to the state leadership during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Noem seemingly criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, suggesting that some leaders had shut down their states and businesses.

South Dakota and the GOP Landscape

South Dakota Republican Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds, have thrown their weight behind Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina for the GOP nomination. Notably, no member from the state's all-Republican congressional group appeared at the event.

However, all eyes are on Noem's forthcoming endorsement for the 2024 presidential run.

Sharing her thoughts, she mentioned, "I've talked openly that he's the candidate that I'm supporting. So tomorrow we'll have some conversations at the rally that I think everybody will be interested in."

Multiple sources confirm to Fox News that a formal endorsement for Trump by Noem was likely imminent.

Speculations and Future Moves

Trump's political advisors indicate that the former president hasn't fully delved into selecting a running mate, given that his focus is on the GOP nomination race and dealing with his unprecedented four indictments.

The ex-president, absent from the previous month's initial Republican nomination debate, posted on social media before the event, stating, "Let them debate so I can see who I MIGHT consider for Vice President!"