As the first presidential debate approaches, there is speculation within former President Donald Trump’s campaign about an early reveal of his vice presidential pick. This move could potentially shake up the political scene ahead of Thursday’s debate on CNN. Sources close to the campaign, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told NBC News that an announcement could come this week. This would be a strategic shift to generate buzz well before next month’s Republican convention.

Trump, who has previously hinted at timing his vice presidential announcement close to the convention, might be reconsidering his strategy. According to four individuals familiar with the campaign’s discussions, there has been intense debate about accelerating the timeline to make a significant impact soon. However, these sources also cautioned that the plans are not yet finalized.

The final decision on when to unveil Trump’s running mate could still align closer to the convention, ensuring all eyes are on Trump as the drama unfolds. Trump’s schedule is packed as the former president gears up for a critical week. He’s set to square off against Joe Biden in Atlanta for his first debate of the 2024 election cycle. Trump will head to Virginia the following day.

NBC News reported that Governor Doug Burgum (R-ND), Senator JD Vance (R-OH), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) remain top contenders for the coveted spot. Trump, keeping the details close to his chest, revealed over the weekend that he has made his choice and that his running mate will join him at the upcoming debate.

All eyes will be on Rubio, Vance, and Burgum, as all three are expected to attend the marquee event. This moment could be pivotal for Trump’s campaign, offering a platform to showcase his vice presidential pick and set the tone for his run toward the White House.

After more than a year of talking about who his running mate could or would be, Trump told reporters following a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday he has made his choice. NBC News reporter Jake Traylor noted that Trump has made his selection but he has yet to inform the person. He added that the candidate will be present at next week’s presidential debate between Trump and President Biden.

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