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United States, Donald Trump | This could be Trump's vice presidential nominee

Nikki Haley remains Trump's only opponent before a potential rematch between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Donald Trump won the Republican primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday. He is one step away from securing the nomination.

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And along the way, Trump was leading in the polls. The former president himself has no doubt that he will be the Republican Party's nominee for president, and has already begun thinking about who his running mate will be. He already has someone in mind.

“the Could or could no Maybe I'll decide something in the next few months. There's no rush. It won't matter. The person I think I love is a very good, very standard person. “I don't think people would be that surprised, but I would say it's about a 25 percent chance it will be that person,” Trump said last week, according to the newspaper. The hill.

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But who will Trump ultimately choose, if he gets the nomination?

Presidential candidates typically want a charismatic vice president who appeals to certain groups of voters in swing states, says Hilde Eliasen Rystad, an assistant professor at the University of Oslo Ny Huisköl and author of “The American Paradox.”

“I think Trump will be more interested in choosing someone he thinks will be loyal to him, in classic mafia boss style,” Rystad adds.

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At the same time, the president needs a partner who is not in charge.

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– There has to be someone with a national character, but not a very strong one, Hjalmar Melde, professor of political science at the University of Western Norway and an American expert, tells Nettavisen.

Elise Stefanik, Tim Scott, or Kristi Noem?

Both American experts hold a button on the candidate.

– Rystad says he has a problem with female voters.

-I'd like to think it would be a woman or someone from a minority group. “I don't think we'll see two white men at the top anymore, not even in the Republican Party,” Melde says.

Right now, Milde is betting that Trump will choose either Elise Stefanik, Tim Scott, or Kristi Noem. The last is the governor of South Dakota, who is also of Norwegian descent. She herself stated in an Instagram post that she is a “proud Norwegian” and that her grandfather Alf used the phrase “uffda” a lot.

Noem opposes tax increases and has also fought for lower taxes on food products in the state. She has traditional family values ​​and a deep relationship with God, according to her website.

Trump should choose someone who can help him on issues or in a geographic area where he is weak, and I think he should choose a conservative Christian who can help him in the Midwest, says Gunnar Grinstad, a professor in the Department of Comparative Politics at Harvard University. University of Bergen, to Netafsen.

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– A waste of choosing Stefanik

While Elise Stefanik is from New York and represents the state in the House of Representatives, Kristi Noem is well located in the Midwest.

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– Representation is important, and where you come from is important. It's a waste to choose Stefanik for this reason. There's something better, Grinstad says.

When you're Trump's vice presidential nominee, you also have to be patient, Grinstad says.

– The vice presidential candidate must learn to play the submissive role and gesture in the background. You have to be patient, and it can be a difficult exercise for a politician who may have his or her own long-term goals in politics, Grinstad says.

Tim Scott also appeared. The South Carolina senator went to New Hampshire last week to publicly announce that he stands behind Trump and supports his candidacy.

Pointing to Ron DeSantis

One of Trump's former rivals that the former president may choose is Ron DeSantis. On Sunday, the Florida governor announced his surrender, while at the same time offering his support to Trump.

-He should consider taking Ron DeSantis with him. If one were to speculate, one might think that Ron DeSantis gave up so quickly because they were probably talking. Most Ron DeSantis supporters will vote for him in the remaining primaries. This makes it easier to get Nikki Haley out of the way, says American expert and columnist for both Nettavisen and Subjekt, George Gooding, in Nettavisen.

– Do you think Trump may have told DeSantis that if he resigned he could be chosen as Trump's vice presidential nominee?

– Yes. They have a simultaneous point of view. They both want to oppose political correctness and are on a warpath with the media and what they see as the elite.

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What speaks against DeSantis is that he comes from Florida.

Trump won Florida comfortably. That's not where the battle stands this time. It will likely be in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Arizona. You'd rather have someone popular in a situation like this, Gooding says.

– No appetite for Mike Pence

If they want to run together, one of them has to find a new place to live. The Twelfth Amendment does not allow the Vice President and President to live in the same state.

When Trump ran for president in 2016, it only became clear on July 15 that Mike Pence was Trump's “vice president” of choice. Trump is not expected to choose Mike Pence this time. Mike Pence has not supported the president's claims of election fraud, stating, among other things, in June 2023 that if you place yourself above the Constitution, you should never become president.

– Trump saw Pence as a traitor in the end. He also has no desire to take an “establishment” politician with him, says George Gooding.