Noem says she would be Trump’s running mate 'in a heartbeat'


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday she would be former President Trump’s 2024 running mate “in a heartbeat.”

“Oh, absolutely,” Noem said on Newsmax, when asked whether she would consider a theoretical offer from Trump to run as his vice president. “I would in a heartbeat.”

“Just because you respect the position and the person who asks you to do something and then see if you really believe that you could make a difference,” Noem continued. Noem is expected to join Trump at a rally on Friday in her home state where she will reportedly endorse his nomination as president for 2024. This has sparked speculation that she may be joining Trump’s ticket.

In the interview Thursday, Noem made the case for her potential vice presidential candidacy.

“Trump needs a strong partner if he’s going to take back the White House,” Noem said. “And he’s going to need somebody who knows what it’s like to run a business, to be an employee, earn a paycheck, but also having a wife, mom, and grandma isn’t bad either.”

Noem is not running for president in 2024, but she has still maintained her public presence, frequently appearing on cable TV and even running an ad multiple times on Fox News in the lead up to and during the first Republican presidential debate this August.

Trump is the leading candidate in the 2024 GOP primary field, but he faces four criminal indictments with unknown effects on his campaign prospects.

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