Former President Donald Trump was reportedly asked about the possibility of choosing New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik as his running mate in the presidential election during a December dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Trump responded by calling Stefanik a “killer,” according to an unnamed source. Multiple sources confirmed that the Trump campaign and “a growing group of allies” have been considering Stefanik for the role.
— Brett Murphy (@bmurphypointman) January 18, 2024
The speculation about Stefanik increased when she announced that she would campaign with Trump in New Hampshire against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Recent polling shows Trump leading in the state, with Haley behind him and DeSantis far behind. Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon believes that Stefanik is the top contender for the position.
A Republican campaign operative suggested that Trump values loyalty above all else, due to feeling betrayed by his former vice president, Mike Pence. Stefanik, who worked on Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, is now considered one of Trump’s most important allies in the House of Representatives.
Stefanik expressed that she is “honored to call [Trump] a friend” but had no comment on running on the 2024 ticket. However, during a previous interview, she stated that she would be “honored to serve in any capacity in a Trump administration.”