Trump says he WON’T pick his VP from the list of Republican candidates running against him – and says they all want to be ‘secretary of something’
Donald Trump mocked his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, saying none of them were worthy of being his running mate.
Trump, who skipped the second GOP presidential primary debate to speak to union workers in Michigan, made a brief reference to the ‘job candidates’ that are competing with him for the top slot on the Republican ticket.
Most of his remarks focused on President Joe Biden but he did refer to the ‘the job candidates’ who were preparing to take the debate stage halfway across the country in California.
‘You know we’re competing with the job candidates – they’re all running for a job,’ he said. ‘They want to be anything, Secretary of something, even say VP. I don’t know. Does anybody see any VP in the group? I don’t think so.’
Donald Trump mocked his Republican rivals, saying none were worthy of being his running mate
Trump is leading in polls for the Republican presidential nomination by double digits. The seven candidates on the GOP debate stage are collectively polling at 36% in the RealClearPolitics polling average. If they were all one candidate, they would still be losing to Trump by 20 percent.
There were seven Republican presidential contenders on the debate stage in California on Wednesday night: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
Trump still has to win the nomination.
He’s facing federal trials in Washington D.C. and Florida along with state trials in New York and Georgia that could take up much of his time early next year when the Republican primaries are taking place.
He hasn’t said who he wants on the ticket with him – should he win – but he has teased names like former Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Much of Trump’s comments on Wednesday night where focused on President Joe Biden. He called him a ‘wretched old vulture’ and a ‘rotten politician’ trying to ‘rape and pillage’ American jobs in a speech to auto workers attacking electric vehicles on Wednesday night.
‘For decades you’ve watched rotten and crooked politicians like Biden treat American jobs as disposable and American workers as expendable. They sat back when we got rich by taking bribes to let other countries rape and pillage our jobs and our wealth,’ he told supporters in Detroit.
His focus on the president indicates Trump’s campaign is moving past the primary stage and focusing on the general election, which is increasingly looking like a repeat match between Trump and Biden.
From left to right, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and Sen. Tim Scott on the debate stage
Former Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake (left) and Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (right) have been mentioned as a possible Trump running mate
At the GOP debate, taking place across the country at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the former president was a topic of conversation.
Chris Christie was the first candidate on stage to roast Trump for missing the action.
The former New Jersey governor stared straight at the camera and then delivered the blow.
‘Donald, I know you’re watching. You can’t help yourself. I know you’re watching, okay?’ said Christie, a former Trump advisor who now denounces the former president.
‘And you’re not here tonight – not because of polls, and not because of your indictments. You’re not here tonight, because you’re afraid of being on the stage and defending your record.’
Ron DeSantis also attacked Trump for being ‘missing in action’.
DeSantis compared Trump to Biden and asked why he wasn’t on stage with the rest of the candidates in California.
‘Where’s Joe Biden, he’s completely missing in action from leadership,’ DeSantis said.
‘And you know who else is missing in action?’ the governor added. ‘Donald Trump is missing in action. He should be on the stage tonight.’