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Gov. Kristi Noem says she would ‘absolutely’ be Trump’s running mate ‘in a heartbeat’

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem revealed that she would undoubtedly consider running alongside former President Donald Trump in 2024.

“Oh absolutely,” Noem replied when Newsmax asked if she would consider a theoretical proposal from Trump to be his vice president. “I would in a heartbeat.”

“Just because you respect the position and the person who asks you to do something and then see if you really believe that you could make a difference,” Noem added.

Noem told the news outlet that it was “early” to discuss conversations about her reaction to a vice presidential offer from Trump but says anyone who is asked to “step up” should consider it.

“Everybody needs to look at what they can do to play a role in leading a life of significance,” she said. “That's really going to make a huge difference for our kids and our grandkids.”

The South Dakota governor also reiterated her support for the former president because of his leadership and success in the Republican primaries during this election cycle.

"We don't have to guess what kind of decisions he would make. We've seen his strong leadership in national security issues and also taking care of families here at home,” she said. “Certainly, he'd be 1,000 times better than Joe Biden and how he is devastating our country right now.”

Trump visited Rapid City, S.D., Friday night to host a campaign rally with the state’s Republican party. Noem gave the former president a glowing endorsement at the event, fueling theories that she may be selected to be his vice president.

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