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At a campaign stop in the Bronx, former President Donald Trump named some of his potential vice-presidential picks, indicating that the list of contenders may be narrowing. Speaking with News 12 New York, Trump highlighted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as top options.

“We have so many,” Trump said when asked about his picks for vice president. “You could take people like Ben Carson, people like Marco Rubio, or J.D. Vance. I mean, there’s so many. Elise is doing a fantastic job, but I could go on for quite a long time. We have many people who would do a really fantastic job.”

Trump mentioned that he would likely announce his decision “sometime during the convention,” the typical timeframe for presidential nominees to reveal their running mates. Each of these potential candidates brings unique strengths to the ticket.

**Sen. Marco Rubio**

Choosing Rubio could present constitutional challenges due to the 12th Amendment, which states that both the president and vice president cannot be from the same state if that state’s electoral votes are to be counted. With Trump and Rubio both hailing from Florida, this could complicate their chances in a state expected to be closely contested in 2024. Rubio has acknowledged these concerns but remains confident in Trump’s chances. “Donald Trump’s going to win no matter who he picks. He’s going to get elected,” Rubio said. “I think the criteria he said publicly is the right one, which is someone who’s ready to be president.”

**Dr. Ben Carson**

Picking Carson would bolster Trump’s appeal to black voters, a demographic where he has already made significant inroads. Carson, who ran for president in 2016, believes that black voters will continue to shift towards Trump. “I think Trump is making major inroads with all demographic groups in our country, including black voters,” Carson said. “They recognize that they were better off with his administration than they are now.” Carson’s background as a renowned surgeon and his political experience make him a strong contender.

**Sen. J.D. Vance**

Vance has shown unwavering loyalty to Trump, recently visiting the courthouse during Trump’s New York criminal hush money trial. The freshman senator has taken on the role of a staunch defender, vocally criticizing the trial’s political motivations. Vance’s support for Trump marks a significant shift from his earlier stance; in 2016, he was openly critical of Trump and identified as a “Never Trump” guy. His transformation mirrors a broader trend within the Republican Party, showcasing Trump’s enduring influence.

**Rep. Elise Stefanik**

Stefanik has gained prominence for her strong defense of conservative values and her high-profile grilling of university leaders on antisemitism. Describing herself as “ultra MAGA” and “proud of it,” Stefanik’s New York roots align well with Trump’s history in the state. New York-based Democratic strategist Jack O’Donnell noted, “His career, his fame, his show, all of these things are kind of associated with New York. So it seems only right that he would pick a New Yorker like Elise Stefanik to be on the ticket now that he’s no longer a resident of the state.”

Trump’s potential VP picks reflect his strategic considerations for the 2024 election, aiming to consolidate support across various voter demographics and geographic regions. As he narrows down his list, each candidate brings distinct advantages that could strengthen his campaign and appeal to a broad base of voters.