Surprising Candidate Jump Onto Trump’s V.P. Shortlist

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( – As anticipation around who former President Donald Trump will announce as his running mate, one name has emerged that is likely to trigger the most fear among Democrats — Senator Marco Rubio (Florida).

Rubio started his journey on Trump’s radar in 2015 when he blasted then-GOP Presidential candidate Trump about his ignorance “about policy” and being “thin-skinned,” but has emerged as one of Trump’s most ardent allies.

GOP strategists have begun touting Rubio.

One strategist described the Florida Republican as being a strong voice for the “America First agenda” in the U.S. Senate, having an “excellent” TV presence, and being able to effectively blast Biden for his “failed policies.”

Matt Wolking, another GOP strategist who served as the Trump campaign’s communications director during the former President’s 2020 campaign, described Rubio as “effective” and a “disciplined communicator who rarely makes mistakes.”

Wolking added that Rubio also had appeal among independent and suburban voters and was the “only contender from a true battleground state.”

The other contenders for vice President picks include Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Arkansas Governor Sarah Sanders, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, and Elise Stefanik, the GOP Conference chair in the House.

An unnamed strategist told Fox News Rubio’s Latino heritage could attract Hispanic voters but suggested that it couldn’t be determined if Rubio is a “100% Trump guy,” adding that Rubio’s wavering support for Trump could be an issue for the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee’s supporters.

After the January 6 protest action at the U.S. Capitol, Rubio claimed Trump held some responsibility for what occurred.

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