Former President Donald J. Trump, the front-runner in the Republican presidential primary, said Wednesday that he knows who he will choose as his running mate.
“I can’t really tell you,” Mr. Trump said when asked about a potential vice president at a Fox News town hall in Des Moines. “I mean, I know who it’s going to be.”
Mr. Trump declined to provide details. But when pressed, he said he would be willing to mend fences with his rivals in the Republican primary. And he joked about the remote possibility of selecting Chris Christie, an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump who suspended his presidential campaign earlier on Wednesday.
“I don’t see it,” Mr. Trump said. “That would be overwhelming,” he laughed, adding: “Christie for vice president.”
Mr. Trump’s campaign advisers told reporters after the town hall that they could not provide further details about the former president’s thinking on the issue or when he made his decision.
“All I know is what I heard tonight,” said Chris LaCivita, a top aide to Mr. Trump. “And I’m not going to classify it any other way.”
With Mr. Trump dominating the polls for months and many Republicans viewing his nomination as a foregone conclusion, there has been fervent speculation about who might join him on a ticket.
His friends and advisers discussed whether he would choose a woman who could help him win back the suburban women who voted for President Biden in 2020, or whether choosing a person of color could help him pull part of the gains he made in this election with blacks and Hispanics. Men.
This month, a number of people mentioned by the media as possible running mates traveled to Iowa to campaign for Mr. Trump and publicly show their support. They include Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who held events in the state last week; and Kari Lake, a former Arizona gubernatorial candidate who plans to hold an event in Iowa on Friday.