Renowned for her unwavering allegiance to Donald Trump, Representative Elise Stefanic has emphatically dismissed the notion of Indian-American Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley as the former president's running mate, deeming it a "non-starter for voters."
Stefanic, at 39, a top contender on Trump's shortlist for a potential second White House term, expressed reservations about Haley's suitability, citing her relentless "vicious attacks against Trump every single day." Speaking to reporters at Poor Boy's Diner in Londonderry, Stefanic asserted that Haley's candidacy would not resonate with voters.
While Trump has alluded to having made his vice-presidential selection, he has yet to disclose the decision publicly. Stefanic expressed confidence in Trump's judgment, stating, "He's going to make the right decision. I trust him to make the right decision for him. So he's going to look for qualities that he thinks are important."
Regarding her own potential as the vice-presidential pick, Stefanic conveyed her willingness to serve in any capacity in a Trump administration. As the first member of Congress to endorse Trump for re-election, she has remained a steadfast supporter, even critiquing Trump's indictments and filing ethics complaints against judges overseeing cases related to the former president.
With both Haley and Trump intensifying their verbal sparring in the lead-up to New Hampshire's primary, recent polls indicate Trump leading with 53% of likely Republican primary voters, while Haley trails with 36% in the Boston Globe/Suffolk University/NBC-10 Boston tracking poll. Other polls, however, suggest a closer competition, projecting Haley to benefit from a more moderate Republican primary electorate in the Granite State.
Although Trump has categorically ruled out Haley as his vice-presidential choice, the former South Carolina governor remains resolute, asserting that she "doesn't play for a second." Trump, while acknowledging Haley's competence, has hinted at reservations, remarking that she is "OK" but may not possess the requisite presidential timber for the role of vice president.
(With Agency Inputs)