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Former President Donald Trump is pushing his only Republican Primary opponent who has not conceded, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, to the side and is preparing to face President Joe Biden.
The former president spoke to Dan Bongino on his radio show on Monday where he said he would take the president’s place for a Super Bowl interview, after President Biden declined again, if he was asked, and then challenged the president to start debating him immediately.
“And I don’t think he’s going to run. I don’t know if it’s donors or otherwise. It might be his family. It might be something,” the former president said.
“I don’t think he’s gonna run, but I’d like to call for, immediately, debates. I’d like to debate him now because we should debate. We should debate for the good of the country. So I will officially qon your show call,” he said.
“Oh, wow! Look at that! We’re breaking news, Mr. President Donald J. Trump calls for debates against, Joe Biden. I mean that’s great. We’re breaking some news here!” the host said.
“(inaudible) problems Dan, and get him to change his ways. But I am officially doing that,” the former president said.
“I also put out, you probably noticed, that I’ll take his spot at the Super Bowl if they want. We’ll get very good ratings,” he said.
The former president, apparently looking past Haley, has also started mulling names to be his vice president if he were to take back the White House in the 2024 presidential election.
During an interview on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo, Trump named South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
“Well, I have a lot of good people. We have a lot of really good people. I have a lot of good ideas, but I haven’t — and there’s no reason to do that quickly. I speak to everybody. I called Tim Scott … and I said, ‘You’re a much better candidate for me than you are for yourself.’ When I watched Tim, he was fine, he was good, but he was very low-key, et cetera, et cetera,” Trump said.
“I watched him in the last week defending me and sticking up for me and fighting for me,” he continued. “I said, man, I said, ‘you’re a much better person for me than you are for yourself’, because, for himself, he was low-key. For me, he’s been a real tiger. He’s been incredible. And others have too.”
Trump stated that he would deliberate for “a while” before deciding and that having a good candidate for vice president is his top priority.
“Kristi Noem has been incredible fighting for me,” Trump added. “She said, I’d never run against him because I can’t beat him. That was a very nice thing to say.”
Every major poll shows that Trump all but has the 2024 GOP nomination locked up, barring something unexpected.
Noem, a popular red state governor who has endorsed Trump, has been popping up more frequently in reports as someone Trump likes.
In an interview with Real America’s Voice streaming network earlier this month, Noem touched on several subjects, including potentially becoming Trump’s running mate.
“Well, there’s a lot of people they’re talking about for vice president… I have long supported President Trump; he had his priorities right when he was leading this country,” Noem said.
Noem endorsed Trump during a campaign rally in her state in September, CNN reported, “fueling speculation about the role the Republican governor may play in his third bid for the White House.”
“I think she’s fantastic,” Trump said in an interview in mid-September about her. “She’s been a great governor. She gave me a very full-throated endorsement—a beautiful endorsement, actually. It’s been a very good state for me, and certainly, she would be one of the people I would consider, or for something else, maybe. We have a lot of great people in the Republican Party.”