The 2024 US presidential race is now set as a Biden-Trump rematch. Who doesn’t love a sequel?

The 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 Trump pick to be his No. 2?

As US politics expert Emma Shortis writes today, there are several leading candidates who might fit the bill, given the traditional political calculations that go into vice president selections. Primary among them is how a VP candidate can offset a weakness of the name at the top of the ballot.

For Trump, this comes down to two main things: he’s perceived as having a race problem and a woman problem.

Shortis looks at the candidates who might help in these regards, but as she notes, Trump has never been bound by such traditional political considerations.

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, in many regards, the stakes are much higher than usual this election.

Justin Bergman

International Affairs Editor

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