South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem offered some thoughts about the 2024 Republican field of candidates as well as whether she would accept an offer from former President Donald Trump to become his running mate.

In an interview with Fox News, Noem also explained why she chose to sit out the race after analysts expected her to jump in, noting that the contest is essentially Trump’s to lose at this point.

“The fact is, none of them can win as long as Trump’s in the race. And that’s just the facts. So why run if you can’t win?” she told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday.

“I’ve probably run 10 statewide races. I’ve won them all. I’ve never lost. If I get into a race, I’m gonna win. So that’s just how we do it. And President Trump did some great things for our state and for our country. As governor — and everybody should be grateful for this — he let me do my job. When he was president, he let me do my job, and I appreciate that,” Noem added. “Biden doesn’t do that.”

In a nod to the crowded GOP presidential field, she noted that several candidates are either Republican governors or former governors, joking that it seems as though “almost all of them” are running.

Noem continued to heap praise on Trump, who maintains a substantial lead over his 2024 primary contenders, and subtly suggested the possibility of endorsing him during his upcoming visit to South Dakota in early September.

When questioned about her potential endorsement, Noem initially spoke about the anticipation building in her state in anticipation of his rally. She pointed out that tickets for the event were completely sold out on the first day.

“He is inspirational. People always show up to hear something interesting,” Noem said. “And yeah, you’ll hear something from me, too.”

Pointedly, however, she refused to say whether she would serve as his veep.

“You know, he hasn’t asked me, so we’ll cross that bridge — we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. I don’t really answer hypotheticals,” she told the Fox program.

“He’s going to need somebody that’s a good partner that’s willing to fix this country, and it’s not going to be pretty. So we’ve got a lot to do,” Noem added.

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Previous reports have said that Trump is leaning towards picking a woman as his running mate. And to that end, there have been several names mentioned, including Noem.

One of the more recent entries, so to speak, is 2022 Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who is a frequent visitor to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, according to reports.

“Kari Lake is there all the time,” an unnamed source told People magazine. “There’s a suite there that she practically lives in.”

However, a spokesperson for Lake denied that there was anything to those rumors.

“Kari Lake often speaks at events all over the country in support of America First candidates and organizations; and when she does have the honor of being invited to speak at the beautiful Mar-a-Lago, she overnights at Hilton properties in Palm Beach with her loving husband of 25 years,” said a statement from a Lake adviser to People.

“No candidates have publicly announced their intent to be Trump’s VP, but the former president has indicated that ‘a lot of people’ are ‘auditioning’ behind the scenes. Trump insiders told the Caller that although there haven’t been any formal discussions to narrow down the pool, there are a set of characteristics that will likely be considered,” the Daily Caller reported earlier this spring.

A recent Politico report stated that an unnamed Trump adviser said the 45th president is likely to choose a running mate “from three general lanes of candidates: women, conservatives of color, or a trusted adviser.”

And, according to a separate report from the Washington Examiner, four Republican women could be high on Trump’s shortlist: Noem, Lake, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, and Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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