Former President Donald Trump has dismissed the idea of his former United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, being his running mate for the 2024 election. Trump stated that Haley is not "presidential timbre" and suggested that this would exclude her from consideration as his vice president. Trump made these comments during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, where Haley is seen as his biggest threat in the state.
In recent weeks, Trump has intensified his attacks on Haley. He has misspelled her Indian American birth name, Nimarata, and falsely implied that she changed it for political purposes. However, it seems that Haley is not interested in the vice presidential position. She appeared "slightly irritated" when she told diners at a New Hampshire restaurant that being vice president was "off the table." Haley has also been critical of Trump's mental fitness at recent campaign stops.
Meanwhile, Rep. Elise Stefanik has expressed her interest in being Trump's vice president. She reportedly said she would be "honored" to serve in that role while campaigning for Trump in New Hampshire. Trump has shown openness to the idea, reportedly nodding in agreement when Stefanik's name was mentioned as a potential running mate.
As the 2024 presidential race heats up, the focus on potential running mates is intensifying. It remains to be seen who Trump will ultimately choose, but Haley's chances seem to be dwindling based on Trump's recent comments. Stefanik, on the other hand, appears to be a strong contender for the position. The upcoming primaries in New Hampshire and other states will likely play a significant role in shaping the political landscape leading up to the 2024 election.