Vice President Mike Pence is a likable politician, especially to evangelicals. That’s the reason he was named as President Trump’s running mate in the first place. He added that evangelical side to the ticket that helped rein in conservative Christians who were concerned about candidate Trump’s history of personal immorality.
It worked and now many evangelicals who were skeptical through the 2016 campaign have become avid fans of the President.
Going into a play for a second term, it’s time for the President to shuffle up the White House a bit. This may be considered a poor move for most Presidents, but this administration has been in a state of flux from the beginning. Playing a few more rounds of musical chairs won’t change the perspectives already in place about the transient nature of the Trump White House.
If we’re going to be making major shifts anyway, we might as well make a move that will not only solidify the President’s chances of winning reelection, but would also assist Republicans in keeping the White House in 2024.
It’s time for Vice President Nikki Haley. Here are four reasons why.
The first female Vice President should be a Republican
It often surprises people to know Republicans are often the first to break artificial barriers that enable minorities to achieve public office. We shouldn’t be shocked by this when many Americans don’t even know Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
It’s only fitting that the first woman elected to Vice President should be a Republican. Democrats tried with Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. Republicans tried with Sarah Palin in 2008. Republicans should try again in 2020 with Nikki Haley. Third time’s a charm.
Haley is adored by many, hated by some
In the two years she served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Haley became such a prominent voice that her fan base grew on both sides of the political aisle. Republicans loved her strong deployment of their policy stances on the international stage. Democrats liked her willingness to stand up to the President when she disagreed.
Yes, there are haters. Some Republicans didn’t appreciate her independence from the President while many Democrats hated the (R) next to her name, but she’s been one of the most universally liked politicians in recent years.
Mike Pence served his purpose
As noted before, Pence was the evangelical card the President needed for his first run. That’s no longer required. Evangelicals have made up their minds one way or the other now that the President has been in office. Pence no longer adds anything to the equation.
What will he do next? The President and most Republicans likely don’t care. He can prepare a 2024 run. He can go back to Indiana politics. He could be President at a university, return to talk radio, or work on his memoirs. But he shouldn’t be the running mate in 2020.
Haley 2024 would be very easy to push
Vice Presidents have had a conspicuously poor track record running for President. The last successful bid was over three decades ago and resulted in the last one-term administration.
Haley would be different. She has an opportunity to establish herself as a world leader if President Trump utilizes her skills properly.
Of course this is all assuming the President wins a second term.
No other Vice Presidential choice would drive up reelection chances more than Nikki Haley. Mike Pence served his purpose admirably. Now, it’s time for Haley to step up and finish the job.
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