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Trump teases VP pick: A power move in the making

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In a campaign event that left supporters and political analysts buzzing, former President Donald Trump hinted that he has chosen his running mate for the upcoming election.

When pressed by NBC News at a Philadelphia rally, Trump confidently replied, “In my mind, yes,” signaling that the decision is effectively made.

Further stoking speculation, Trump indicated that his vice-presidential pick will likely be present at the upcoming debate against President Joe Biden on Thursday.

“They’ll be there,” he added. “I think we have a lot of people coming.” This comment suggests that the chosen candidate will be ready to step into the spotlight and challenge Biden directly.

Despite keeping the identity of his pick under wraps, Trump made it clear that “nobody knows” who it is, maintaining an air of mystery. However, sources close to the campaign disclosed to NBC News that the top contenders include North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Ohio Senator JD Vance, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Of these, Burgum and Vance are reportedly the frontrunners, with Rubio’s candidacy complicated by a constitutional requirement that would necessitate either him or Trump to establish residency outside of Florida.

Brian Hughes, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, emphasized that the key criterion for the vice-presidential choice is the ability to “make a great President for eight years” after Trump’s potential second term.

As preparations for the debate intensify, Trump is said to be holding informal policy discussions with close allies and potential running mates. These meetings have included talks with JD Vance on economic issues and inflation, and a recent discussion with Marco Rubio during a visit to Washington, D.C.

Trump hinted that the official announcement of his vice-presidential running mate might come around the time of the Republican National Convention or even sooner. “Maybe a little before, but could be at the convention,” he suggested. “But we’ll have some great people.”

The Republican National Convention, set for July 15 to 18 in Milwaukee, will see delegates from across the nation gather to formally nominate the party’s candidates for president and vice president, marking a pivotal moment in the election cycle.

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