Trump Reportedly Considering VP Picks

( – Former President Donald Trump is considering who to nominate as his vice president and it’s being rumored that he’s avoiding hardline pro-lifers to avoid alienating voters. The departure is in contrast to his 2016 bid where he chose Mike Pence who was popular in pro-life circles and among conservative Christians. The change in strategy is an adaptation in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned in 2022, as the threat to abortion access has reinvigorated Democrats.

NBC reported comments from an anonymous source with the campaign suggesting that Trump is aware of the dangers of pushing too hard on the abortion issue. The source called the subject “treacherous” and said Trump was concerned about it being “a drag on the ticket” if the VP candidate is perceived as hardline on the issue.

Trump is reportedly looking for someone who is more moderate when it comes to a national ban, with anyone who wants more than a six-week ban ineligible for the ticket.

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) was reportedly being considered, but she’s described herself as “an absolutist” on abortion and signed an incredibly strict anti-abortion law in South Dakota which outlaws abortion except if the mother’s life is threatened.

Noem qualified her position in comments to NBC saying that she wants to “help moms and families” regardless of the difficulties they’re facing. She said that the issue of abortion requires difficult conversations, with emotions high for everyone involved. She added that voters are far more concerned with the economic impact of Joe Biden’s policies than they are abortion access.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is also on the short list of potential candidates and he suggested he would “sign the most conservative” anti-abortion laws they could get through Congress during the primary season.

The New York Times reported last month that Trump is leaning toward a 16-week national ban on abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, or medical threats to the mother’s life. Trump was said to become “instantly dismissive” of potential candidates who don’t support the exceptions.

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