Supporters of former President Donald Trump attending his final rally before Saturday’s Republican presidential primary in South Carolina shared who they would like to see as his vice presidential running mate in November’s general election.

Fox News Digital spoke with just a few of the nearly 6,000 supporters who showed up on the Winthrop University campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Friday, waiting for hours in line to see and hear the former president attack President Biden, as well as to his republican. his rival Nikki Haley, a name that was not mentioned once by those who listed others who said he would make a good second in command.

“I really like Kari Lake. I think she would be great,” one supporter told Fox, referring to the conservative firebrand and likely Republican candidate in the race to flip Arizona’s Senate seat.

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Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Winthrop Coliseum on February 23, 2024 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Several others suggested Lake, as well as former presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who strongly support Trump’s bid to retake the White House.

“I think Vivek… I like what he said,” one supporter told Fox, citing Ramaswamy’s “refusal” to attack Trump in the early days of the primary, unlike the other candidates previously vying for the nomination. “He’s also a minority, so it’s not like he’s just another white person supporting him, so I think that’s an important thing.”

Some suggested Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, neurosurgeon and former Trump official Ben Carson and Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., but one name stood out above all. others: South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. .

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From left to right: Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake, South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott, former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Republican Representative Byron Donalds. (Getty Images)

“I like his Christian values, the way he represents Trump, the way he loves Trump, and I think he’s a good supporter of Trump,” said one Scott supporter, while another praised his record as a conservative senator.

Trump revealed at least a few names on his short list for running mate while participating in a Fox News town hall earlier this week. The list included Scott, DeSantis, Noem, Ramaswamy, Donalds and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat-turned-independent who became nationally known following her 2020 run for president, as well as her harsh criticism of Biden .

Haley, whom many considered a possible Trump vice presidential pick early in the campaign cycle, acknowledged on Fox this week that there was no chance she would be chosen as his running mate, an opinion likely solidified by her refusal to drop out. race despite being a big loser with little chance of becoming the Republican nominee.

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Supporters of former President Donald Trump who attended his rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on February 23, 2024, revealed who they would like to see as his vice presidential running mate in November. (Brandon Gillespie/Fox News)

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I was worried about the political future,” she said. “I would have been out by now. I’m doing this trying to wake up our country.”

After providing the names on his short list, Trump also dismissed any suggestion that Haley would end up being his running mate.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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