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Donald Trump's No. 2: possible contenders and why it matters

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Tuesday, 02 April 2024

The US presidential nominating contests were over before they even began, devoid of any real drama or intrigue. But there is still room for a big surprise to jolt the race. And speculation is swirling over one: who might Donald Trump pick to be his No. 2?

As Emma Shortis writes, there are several leading candidates. Why does this matter? Trump’s No. 2 could very well end up the No. 1 – either in the next four years, or after the 2028 election. As Shortis writes, the stakes are much higher than usual this election.

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Justin Bergman

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Emma Shortis, RMIT University

A vice president is usually chosen to offset a presidential candidate’s weaknesses. For Trump, this means he could pick a person of colour or a woman.

Sex, birth and whalesong: life on the humpback highway

Vanessa Pirotta, Macquarie University

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