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Kristi Noem up in smoke; Tim Scott, Doug Burgum rise in former President Donald Trump’s VP race

Republican senators say South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) admission to shooting a 14-month-old puppy has dented her chances as a vice presidential candidate, putting former President Trump on the ticket. He said he is looking at other candidates to win the position. .

Republican lawmakers who have met with Trump said his choice was “strategic” and that loyalty would be a top priority.

Several Republican senators are touting Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) as President Trump’s running mate.

These lawmakers argue that Trump should choose a black, Hispanic or female candidate to broaden the appeal of the Republican ticket to key demographics in this year’s elections.

And many want Trump to choose a running mate who can reassure mainstream and moderate Republicans who didn’t vote for him in the primaries or who stayed home in 2020. I want it.

But Republican senators said Noem, who was previously thought to be on the short list of vice presidential candidates, was shot and killed because her German wire-haired pointer named Cricket was misbehaving. He claims that by revealing that he did so, he has destroyed that possibility.

“She’s just done. There’s too much drama,” said one Republican senator who is in touch with President Trump.

The senator said President Trump has expressed interest in North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, and has spoken positively about his moderate stance on abortion, an issue Democrats want to prioritize. .

Despite Burgum’s short-lived presidential primary campaign, his net worth of more than $1.1 billion puts him among the elite in terms of personal wealth.

According to people familiar with the matter, President Trump has expressed an unfavorable opinion of Kali Lake because she lost the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial race and is currently being replaced by Senate Republican strategists to retire Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. This is because it is believed that there will be a difficult road ahead for him to win a seat in the House of Representatives (Arizona, Arizona).

“He’s going to want someone who’s going to be true to him and bring something to the table, not lift him up. That’s why I think Tim Scott would be an attractive pick for him, because Tim is very loyal and , because I think he’s a very well-spoken and intelligent person,” the senator said.

Noem has insisted in recent days that the dog was “extremely dangerous” and has been busy dealing with the damage even as her stock plummets.

But her explanation hasn’t gone over well with Republicans.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, said, “Shooting a puppy is very difficult to explain to anyone, and I think it hurt her pretty badly.” .

Other Republican senators expressed shock and disbelief that Noem shot and killed a young dog for rambunctious behavior that many dog ​​owners can relate to. And they are surprised that she showed poor political judgment in revealing this incident in her new book.

“Bipartisan outrage! Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) was just amazed that there was never a blue America and a red America, but one America,” criticized Noem’s decision. said about the flood of criticism. Down cricket.

“That’s just crazy. Why would you do that to a puppy? That’s just crazy,” he said.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-Va.), a member of the Senate Republican leadership, was also completely taken aback by the revelation.

“I can’t imagine doing something like that. When I read that, I was pretty freaked out,” she said.

Noem featured the story in her book, “No Going Back: The Trus on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward,” demonstrating her willingness to make difficult decisions.

Noem told how she came to the decision to kill the dog in hopes of training it to hunt pheasants. The dog “lost his mind with excitement, chasing all the birds and having the time of his life,” which ruined the hunt and caused a conflict with the governor.

Noem said the dog then committed a larger crime, killing several of a local family’s chickens and biting her with a whip when she tried to restrain them.

But for Republican lawmakers, the act of insubordination did not rise to the level of a capital crime in the eyes of Noem’s local colleagues.

“One thing we do know is that dogs, puppies are pretty popular,” said Sen. Mike Rounds, R.S., adding that South Dakotans like other Americans own dogs. I added that I love you.

“Puppies are part of the family. We have dogs that misbehave, but often it’s because of training,” he said. “For those of us who hunt, we love hunting dogs. And when we go hunting with other people, we tell them, ‘Here, head up.’ Do not shoot pheasants that are on the ground as you do not want them to get close to our pups. ”

Mr. Lowndes initially supported Mr. Scott as a presidential candidate, and only indirectly supported Mr. Trump when he announced in March that he would support the Republican presidential candidate, but Mr. Trump did not support Mr. Scott or Sen. Tom Cotton. He said it would be wise to nominate the Republican (Arkansas). his running mate.

He thinks either of those two options could help persuade Republicans who aren’t big fans of Trump to still vote for the Republican nominee in November.

Rounds said “moderate Republicans who might otherwise not vote at all” “could be recalled based on who’s who.” [Trump] Given the expertise of vice presidential candidates like Cotton on national security issues, they are asking him to be on the ticket.

“I think Tim Scott is a great choice,” he said. “I think Tom Cotton is a great choice. He brings tremendous defense power.”

Another Republican senator, who requested anonymity to discuss Trump’s vice presidential selection process, said it would be a mistake to choose another white man to represent him.

“Even President Trump is smart enough to say it’s a bad idea to nominate two white men as the Republican nominee in 2024 when there are really good alternatives,” the senator said. It’s number 1,” he declared.

Cassidy is hopeful that Trump may choose his former primary rival, Nikki Haley, as his running mate, but is concerned about the ticket’s appeal to voters skeptical of Trump. Agreed that expanding was a wise choice.

“I think Nikki Haley would be a great choice. It comes to mind right away,” he said.

He said “intuitively it makes sense” that diversifying the Republican voting pool could appeal to minority and female voters.

“If you look at the polls, female voters are moving away, so I think that makes sense,” he said.

Cassidy, one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, said only that he planned to vote Republican in the presidential election.

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