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Published on March 01, 2024
Former President Trump Eyes Texas Gov. Abbott as Potential VP in 2024 Election Pitch During Eagle Pass Border VisitSource: Facebook/Greg Abbott

Former President Donald Trump has hinted that Texas Governor Greg Abbott is a top contender for his vice-presidential pick in the upcoming 2024 election. Trump's affirmation came during a border visit in the town of Eagle Pass, Texas, where the former president, alongside Abbott, took swipes at President Joe Biden's immigration policies. On Fox News, Trump called Abbott "a spectacular man" who has "done a great job," a sentiment he echoed during a public appearance after the two toured Texas' border security operations.

Trump's endorsement of Abbott, known for his staunch stance on border security, comes as no surprise, given their aligned views on immigration. "Absolutely, he is," Trump responded when Fox News host Sean Hannity inquired whether Abbott was being considered, according to the Fox San Antonio report. The governor has made national headlines with his aggressive immigration policies, including spending state funds on border barriers and busing migrants to cities governed by Democrats.

Despite previous signs of tension between Trump and Abbott, the former president praised the Texas governor for his handling of border security and even joked about choosing him for a Senate leadership position despite Abbott being a governor, not a senator. Abbott, however, maintained his focus on Texas, saying, “Obviously it’s very nice of him to say, but I think you all know my focus is entirely on the state of Texas,” as reported by Spectrum Local News. He stated his intent to run for reelection and his commitment to the state.

Trump also mentioned other potential candidates for his vice-presidential shortlist previously, including South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, with whom Trump has expressed admiration for his campaign efforts. According to the same Spectrum Local News report, Trump listed other prominent Republicans such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as potential running mates. However, no definitive decision has been conveyed, leaving the conversation open to speculation.

During Trump's visit, which coincided with President Biden's border visit, Biden called for bipartisan cooperation on immigration legislation, addressing Trump's influence over Congress. "Instead of telling members of Congress to block this legislation, join me, or I'll join you, in telling the Congress to pass this bipartisan border security bill,” Biden urged.