McCarthy: Trump Should Choose Nikki Haley For VP Position

(L) Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during the NBC News Republican Presidential Primary Debate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) / (R) Andrew Ross Sorkin and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks onstage during The New York Times Dealbook Summit 2023 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 29, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The New York Times)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
3:56 PM – Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Representative Kevin McCarthy, the former GOP House speaker, said that if former President Donald Trump secures the Republican nomination in 2024, as most assume he will, he ought to designate political rival Nikki Haley as his vice president.


“If I was a political person, and I was going to advise somebody, you’re going to pick the vice president that’s about addition, not subtraction. So you’re not going to pick somebody that already equates to you,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Andrew Ross Sorkin.

“Now if I was picking for purely political decisions, what it looks like today is the anti-Trump vote is going to Nikki Haley,” he added.

McCarthy purportedly told Sorkin that Trump has to attract both Republicans and Independents in order to retake the White House, since many voters are “unwilling to support the former president.”

According to him, Trump needs to select a candidate who can persuade that particular demographic to support him.

“Well, right now I think it would be Nikki Haley, in my view. But the question is: Who you select, will they serve? So that’s another question you have to have. And it’s about addition,” McCarthy said when Sorkin asked who he thought Trump’s VP pick should be.

McCarthy was also questioned by Sorkin on whether he believed Haley would accept a position as vice president under Trump.

“It’s up to Nikki,” McCarthy said in response. “But this is a bigger question for Trump: If his campaign is about renew, rebuild and restore, he’ll win. If it’s about revenge, he’ll lose. The only person that’s going to determine that is — not his campaign ad — is him.”

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