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The Veepstakes: Who will Donald Trump pick as his running mate?

With Donald Trump set to announce his vice presidential running mate in the coming days, we explore the possible contenders — and their viability.

Sen. JD Vance addresses the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2024.

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JD Vance: Started from the bottom, now he’s here

From holler to white collar. That’s the unusual life arc of J.D. Vance, the 39-year-old junior senator from Ohio.

Born into extreme poverty in rural southern Ohio, he grew up in the holler – “the hollow” – surrounded by abuse, addiction, and despair. But he made it out: He joined the Marines, graduated from Yale Law School, and became a successful tech venture capitalist.

He recounted all of this in his bestselling 2016 memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” which became required reading after Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton spurred interest in the disaffection of white working-class America. In the book, Vance criticized a culture of victimhood and dependency among poor whites while also blasting the establishment’s condescension and neglect.

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