Trump Hints at Vice Presidential Pick Ahead of Crucial Debate Against Biden

Noah Silverbrook

Updated Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 6:03 AM CDT

Trump Hints at Vice Presidential Pick Ahead of Crucial Debate Against Biden

Former President Donald Trump revealed on Saturday that he has decided on his vice presidential running mate, hinting that the individual will “most likely” be present at Thursday’s debate against President Joe Biden. Speaking at a campaign stop in Philadelphia, Trump stated, "Nobody knows" his choice yet, adding an element of suspense to the upcoming announcement.

According to NBC News, Trump is considering three top contenders for the VP slot: Doug Burgum, the governor of North Dakota; JD Vance, an Ohio senator; and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. A constitutional issue would require either Trump or Rubio to establish residency outside of Florida if Rubio is selected. Sources familiar with the selection process indicated that Doug Burgum and JD Vance are the leading finalists.

Brian Hughes, a senior adviser to Trump, emphasized that the campaign's top criterion for selecting a running mate is finding "a strong leader who will make a great president." Trump has been holding informal policy sessions with confidantes in the lead-up to the debate, with possible vice presidential contenders participating in these discussions. Notably, Vance held a session with Trump to discuss the economy and inflation, while Rubio had a discussion with Trump earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

Trump made these comments during a stop at a local Philadelphia restaurant ahead of a rally, underscoring the importance of Pennsylvania as a vital swing state on the road to the White House. Biden flipped Pennsylvania blue in 2020 and continues to campaign vigorously across the state. Trump plans to announce his vice presidential pick "right around the convention," which will be held on July 15-18 in Milwaukee.

Jake Traylor and Dasha Burns reported from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Megan Lebowitz, Alec Hernández, and Isabelle Schmeler provided updates from Washington, D.C. Trump is headlining a rally at Temple University in Philadelphia on Saturday, aiming to make inroads with Biden's base of Black voters. His campaign message has focused heavily on the economy.

Biden retains strong ties to Philadelphia, a crucial state for Trump's potential path back to the White House. Trump lost Pennsylvania to Biden by a narrow margin of 1% in the 2020 election after winning it in 2016. Biden's strong margins in the Philadelphia area were key to his 2020 victory. However, Biden has struggled to reactivate his liberal-leaning coalition, facing shaky support among Black and Hispanic voters.

Joining Trump at the Temple University rally will be Pennsylvania GOP Senate nominee David McCormick. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has been at 3.4% for eight consecutive months as of May 2024, below the US rate of 4%. Trump is banking on Democratic-leaning voters in Philadelphia who rate inflation and elevated housing costs as major concerns.

In 2020, Biden won Pennsylvania by roughly 80,000 votes out of more than 6.9 million ballots cast, with over 604,000 of those ballots coming from Philadelphia voters. Any small movement toward Trump among Biden's base of Black support in Philadelphia could dramatically impact statewide results. Biden has lavished attention on Philadelphia's Black voters and union workers, both before and during his presidency. However, he has stumbled with younger Black voters over issues like the conflict in Gaza and student-loan debt relief.

As the race intensifies, the focus will remain on Pennsylvania, where many down-ballot Senate Democratic candidates like Casey are outperforming their GOP challengers in critical races across the country. Both Trump and Biden know that the Keystone State holds the key to their paths back to or maintaining their positions in the White House.

Conservative Bias:

Folks, here we go again. The liberal media is in a frenzy because President Trump, the man who saved our economy and our freedoms, is about to announce his vice presidential pick. And of course, they can’t handle it. The leftists are terrified because they know Trump will choose a strong, patriotic leader who will help him crush Biden in the debates. Look at the names being floated: Doug Burgum, JD Vance, and Marco Rubio – all solid conservatives who will fight for American values. But let’s be real, the liberals are already scheming to undermine this announcement, just like they’ve sabotaged everything else. They’re desperate because they see Pennsylvania slipping away, a state Trump won before and will win again. The Democrats, with their disastrous policies on the economy and their pandering to special interests, have left Pennsylvania voters in the dust. Biden’s support is crumbling, especially among Black and Hispanic voters who are tired of his empty promises and failures. The liberal media won’t tell you this, but Trump’s rally in Philadelphia is a game-changer. He’s addressing the real issues – inflation, housing costs – that the Democrats have ignored. Biden’s hold on Pennsylvania is weaker than ever, and Trump is ready to take back what’s rightfully his. The liberal elites are shaking in their boots because they know Trump’s path to victory is stronger than ever. Get ready, America, because the Trump train is coming through, and no amount of liberal whining can stop it.

Liberal Bias:

Once again, we find ourselves in the midst of a circus orchestrated by none other than Donald Trump. As he teases his vice presidential pick, the country is reminded of the chaos and incompetence that defined his administration. The GOP is parading names like Doug Burgum, JD Vance, and Marco Rubio, desperately trying to find someone who can distract from Trump’s failures. But let’s not be fooled. This is nothing more than a sideshow designed to divert attention from the real issues. Trump’s policies devastated the economy, and now he’s trying to sell the same tired lies to Pennsylvania voters. Biden flipped Pennsylvania blue in 2020 for a reason – because he offered real solutions and hope. Trump’s rally in Philadelphia is a desperate attempt to claw back support, but the people of Pennsylvania see through his charade. Biden has been tirelessly working to rebuild the economy and support Black and Hispanic communities, despite the GOP’s relentless obstruction. Trump’s focus on Pennsylvania is a clear sign of his desperation. He lost the state in 2020, and he will lose it again because the voters remember the chaos and division he brought to the country. The GOP’s attempts to undermine Biden’s achievements are transparent and pathetic. Pennsylvania’s strong economy and low unemployment rate are a testament to Biden’s effective leadership. Trump’s fear-mongering and empty promises won’t work this time. The people of Pennsylvania and the rest of the country are ready to move forward, not backward. It’s time to reject the divisive politics of the past and continue building a brighter future under Biden’s leadership.

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