'They're all begging me. They all come here,' Trump told an adviser, who shared his comments with Politico for a story about the ex-president's veepstakes.
Both South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have spent time with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, which increased the chatter about them landing on the ticket.
Former President Donald Trump (left), seen with former First Lady Melania Trump (right) at an early November gala at Mar-a-Lago, has boasted about a parade of Republicans visiting him in Florida hoping to be added to the 2024 presidential ticket
Both former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Sen. Tim Scott (right) have visited former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, which has increased veepstakes chatter about the two men
The person who most certainly won't be on the ticket is former Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence got branded as 'disloyal' by Trump, according to Politico, after he certified President Joe Biden's electoral college win on January 6, after Trump supporters ransacked the U.S. Capitol, with some chanting 'hang Mike Pence.'
Trump has gone as far to say that it was 'common sense' his supporters acted that way toward Pence, because a 'fraudulent vote' was being passed to Congress for certification.
There's no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, as Trump continues to falsely claim.
However, a potential VP candidate needs to believe the so-called 'big lie,' according to Politico's sources. The two factors that rank highest for a ticket-mate are unquestioned loyalty to Trump and an embrace in the delusion that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
That criteria hasn't only knocked out Pence, but former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley, who criticized Trump after January 6, sources told Politico.
It left the door open for other women to join the ticket.
One name floated was Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, considered a GOP rising star, but who hasn't gotten a lot of national attention thanks to the prominence of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Trump floated DeSantis as a potential running mate recently, but insiders believe it was meant more as a warning that the governor was getting too big for his britches, than a serious flirtation.