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Trump’s event with Kristi Noem fuels 2024 VP pick speculation

It’s billed as a fundraiser for the South Dakota GOP, but a Friday rally with former President Donald Trump and the deep red state’s conservative two-term Gov. Kristi Noem could signal much more.

Trump, the commanding front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is headlining the sold-out political gathering in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Noem, a longtime Trump supporter and ally, will appear with him on stage and is expected to endorse the former president. And just as important, the appearance of the two politicians joining forces is sparking speculation that the former president may be eyeing the governor as a potential running mate in 2024.

“We have not discussed it at all,” Noem said Thursday during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.”

Trump’s political team says that the former president hasn’t really engaged yet when it comes to a running mate, as the race for the GOP nomination and his history making four indictments are preoccupying his time.

The former president, who skipped last month’s first Republican nomination debate, took to social media ahead of the showdown to say, “Let them debate so I can see who I MIGHT consider for Vice President!”

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Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Brandon Gillespie contributed to this story

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 


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