Kevin McCarthy Weighs in on Potential Trump Running Mate Plans

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( – On Monday, April 15, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke during the American Health Association’s annual membership meeting where he presented his views on the 2024 presidential election race. 

An audience member asked McCarthy who he considered to be the “smartest” choice for Trump’s running mate. In response, the former House Speaker claimed that he predicted Trump would “play ‘Apprentice.’” This was a reference to a reality show that had been formerly hosted by Trump where participants competed for the opportunity to do business with him. 

He added that the vice-presidential decision process had changed and that it was not about just choosing a governor from a swing state. He proceeded to advise that Trump’s best choices for the position are former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley or Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). 

McCarthy argued that Haley would rise to the occasion and as she had received a third of the vote during the primary, her joining the Trump ticket would mean that the race was “over.” He added that another “remarkable choice” would be Scott. He said Scott is the only Black American to be elected to the Senate and House and he would create an entirely “different dynamic” by joining the race. 

McCarthy also argued that this would help Trump gain favor with voters of color, especially as President Joe Biden appears to be losing support among Black and Hispanic voters. He also pointed out how the Democrats would often brought diverse young people together to win, as shown by former President Obama’s successful presidential campaigns.

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