Vance, Burgum, and Cotton React to Trump VP Shortlist Rumors

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Senators Tom Cotton and JD Vance have all downplayed rumors that they are on former President Donald Trump’s shortlist for vice president.

As of last Wednesday, Burgum, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Vance (R-Ohio) were being considered by Trump’s campaign team, according to Fox News.

They are also looking at Cotton (R-Ark.), Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Representative Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), and Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).

JD Vance told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he has talked with Trump’s team but not about the vice presidential position directly. “I’ve got an important job for the people of Ohio — the United States Senate — that’s what I’m focused on,” he said.

Burgum also commented on the speculation. “I would just defer any questions back to the Trump campaign team,” he told “Fox & Friends Weekend.” Burgum gained attention after endorsing Trump during his 2024 presidential bid in January.

Cotton shared a similar sentiment. “I think only one person knows who’s on the short list and that would be President Trump,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” Cotton believes that Trump will make a good choice for the ticket and the country.

Cotton, who supports a strong US presence abroad, mentioned that he and Trump agree on foreign policy, advocating for peace through strength. He also emphasized the importance of military force in certain situations and expects US partners in Europe to contribute more.

Trump has been secretive about his choice for vice president, stating his main criteria is someone who can serve as commander-in-chief from day one. He has praised the Republican Party for providing many good options.

Trump said he plans to announce his VP pick at the Republican National Convention, scheduled for July 15-18 in Milwaukee, Wis.

This event will occur just four days after Trump’s sentencing for the hush money case, in which he was found guilty last month. Trump has vowed to appeal the verdict.

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