Trump Won’t Pick GOP Rivals As Potential VP

( – Former President Donald Trump, the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, made fun of all of the other GOP candidates competing against him for the nomination and said he wouldn’t hire any of them in his administration if elected again.

The remarks were made at a Michigan rally on Wednesday night after Trump spent the day campaigning amongst the striking autoworkers in the state, the day after President Joe Biden also visited the strikers. Mocking his competition for the Republican nomination, Trump said he’s “competing with the job candidates” and that all of the other GOP candidates are “running for a job.” Trump said they all want a position and will “do anything” to become “secretaries of something” or vice president.

Trump asked his audience if anyone sees “the VP in the group,” referring to the other GOP candidates, to which he replied, “I don’t think so.”

While Trump was in Michigan, he was skipping the second primary debate, which he also did for the first debate. Seven of the other Republican candidates took the stage in Simi Valley, California, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and entrepreneur newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy.

Ramaswamy was asked if he would consider a vice president position on a ticket with one of the other candidates and replied that he was “not interested.” Ramaswamy said he and Trump “share something in common,” which is that neither “does well in a number 2 position.” Ramaswamy is a vocal supporter of Trump and has even called for every candidate to pledge to pardon the former president if they win the race.

Trump is leagues ahead of every other Republican, which is part of the reason he feels no need to debate them on stage. In August, surveys showed Trump had 53% support among Republican primary voters. The most recent poll came in at 60%. At 13% and 11%, DeSantis and Ramaswamy are the only other candidates receiving double-digits in polls.

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