Kari Lake, the Republican nominee to be Arizona’s governor, seemed dismissive of speculation Sunday that she’d consider being Donald Trump’s running mate should the former president run for the Oval Office again.
“I’m going to serve eight years as governor of Arizona,” Lake said, after ABC’s “This Week” host Jon Karl asked if she’d commit to serving all four years as Arizona’s governor, if elected.
“Is that a commitment?” Karl asked.
“Yeah. I’m going to serve eight years,” Lake said.
The former journalist, who denies the results of the 2020 presidential election, has been put forward in some national media as a potential running mate for Trump in 2024. Polls have her neck-in-neck in a race against Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state.
“The media’s trying to scare the public that I’m going to leave,” Lake added. Sarah Palin, the Republican former governor of Alaska and John McCain’s running mate in 2008, faced the ire of many of her constituents when she abruptly left her post in 2009.
The trio of Republicans running for governor, secretary of state and attorney general in Arizona could overhaul the state elections system or try to tip the scale in Trump’s favor in 2024, POLITICO has reported. Mark Finchem, the secretary of state candidate, was at the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.