Former President Trump is strongly considering picking a female running mate for his third run for the White House. Trump reportedly sees Kari Lake as a potential for his vice-presidential pick.
Trump is already gaming out the general election in November 2024 and knows that he has a massive weakness with the white suburban women he needs on his side in order to beat President Joe Biden this time around.
Lake is a former TV anchor who lost her race for Arizona governor in November.
The former Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate won a straw poll for the Republican vice presidential pick during the Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) this weekend.
Among a field of 28 candidates, Lake won the poll with 20 percent of the vote, beating former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis received 14 percent of the vote, and Haley, who announced her bid for the White House last month, won 10 percent.
Not everyone is on board with Lake. A former lawyer for Trump has hit out at the failed Arizona governor candidate, branding her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference convention as “lackluster.”
Lake meets Trump’s most important qualifications for his vice president slot: She has shown her willingness to defend him vociferously, no matter the issue or controversy.
But Trump’s inner circle says Lake has a big downside, that he wants no risk that his running mate could outshine him.
Lake would be assumed to be angling for president from the day she entered the White House. She made a political trip to Iowa last month.
There is also the downside that she lost her governor’s race.
The characteristics Trump is most looking for are, ironically, quite like former Vice President Pence, with whom he’s no longer on speaking terms. Someone loyal, and bland.