An event in South Dakota to raise funds for President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has ignited rumors that the state’s governor, Kristi Noem, could be his VP pick.
Noem is expected to endorse the front-running Republican candidate at the sold-out political gathering in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Friday.
The joint appearance of Trump and Noem has now fueled speculation that the former president is considering the South Dakota Governor as a potential 2024 vice-presidential candidate.
“We have not discussed it at all,” Noem said during a Thursday appearance on the Fox program “Fox & Friends”.
Noem, who considered a presidential run of her own before deciding not to when Trump announced his intention for the White House race, was asked if she would run as Trump’s VP.
“Yeah. I’d have to consider it,” she responded.
“It’s such an important time in our history where we see constitutional freedoms being undermined by leaders across this country almost every day.”
Noem acknowledged Trump is the strongest candidate for the GOP nomination.
“I do feel pretty confident that President Trump will be the Republican nominee for president,” she stated.
“He obviously has a record that he’s running on, and people know with him what they’re getting.”
Highlighting Trump’s commitment to every state, Noem noted that while other GOP contenders focused only on states like Iowa and New Hampshire, Trump’s approach is “everybody matters to him.”
Noem has not yet made a formal endorsement but hinted at supporting Donald Trump.
“I’ve talked openly that he’s the candidate that I’m supporting,” Noem said.
“So tomorrow, we’ll have some conversations at the rally that I think everybody will be interested in.”
“Of course, he’s absolutely the best choice for us,” she added.
“I don’t know of any other candidate that’s running for president right now that fought when it mattered.”
While Trump’s VP pick is still unkown, many have speculated it will be a woman.