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Meghan McCain: Trump will replace Pence with Haley to counter 'identity politics'

Meghan McCain: Trump will replace Pence with Haley to counter 'identity politics'

Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Sinema goes viral for wearing 'Dangerous Creature' sweater on Senate floor Meghan McCain calls for Biden to remove Fauci MORE predicted during Friday's edition of "The View” that President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE will replace Vice President Pence as his 2020 running mate with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyHaley praises Trump CPAC speech after breaking with him over Capitol riot Poll shows most GOP voters back Trump 2024 bid The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 MORE.

McCain made her comments during a discussion around if former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE, the 2020 Democratic front-runner, will choose a woman to share the ticket should he clinch the party’s nomination.

"I still think, though, that if [Biden] chooses a woman, then Trump is going to kick Pence out and put in Nikki Haley," McCain said. "Because I think they'll go toe-for-toe and they're going to be like, 'You want to identity politics me? I'll identity politics you.' And I just ... think they're gangster."

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Co-host Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharGoya CEO calls Trump 'legitimate president,' triggering new calls for boycott Joy Behar clashes with Michael Cohen: 'I can sleep at night, can you?' Joy Behar spars with Meghan McCain: 'I did not miss you' while you were on maternity leave MORE pushed back with the idea that Pence is "starting to look good" in recent days as he leads the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"So I don’t know if the party would like that, to take Pence out,” she said.

“You know who [Biden] should pick, but he won’t,” fellow co-host Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergMeghan McCain calls for Biden to remove Fauci McCarthyism fashionable again in Hollywood? Whoopi Goldberg wears 'my vice president' shirt day after inauguration MORE replied before reeling off possible candidates including Stacey Abrams, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Brown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharJuan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP Open-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot MORE (D-Minn.) and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaO.T. Fagbenle to play Barack Obama in Showtime anthology 'The First Lady' Gillian Anderson to play Eleanor Roosevelt in series on first ladies Obama, Springsteen launch eight-episode podcast MORE.

“The person who really is qualified to do it, and he cannot pick her: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton: Allegations against Cuomo 'raise serious questions,' deserve probe Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden MORE," Goldberg added, pointing to a recently released Hulu documentary on Clinton that she believes proves the 2016 Democratic nominee would be a "brilliant" choice.

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McCain's prediction mirrors one made by CNN political analyst Paul Begala on March 2, when the former Clinton adviser declared that Trump is "gonna dump" Pence in favor of Haley on July 16, when the eventual Democratic pick is slated to officially accept the nomination.

“This is not a prediction. It’s a certainty. On Thursday, July 16 — that’s the date the Democrat gives his or her acceptance address — on that day, to interrupt that narrative, Donald Trump will call a press conference at Mar-a-Lago. He’s going to dump Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions Haley praises Trump CPAC speech after breaking with him over Capitol riot Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE and put Nikki Haley on the ticket to try to get those suburban moms," Begala predicted during a panel discussion at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference in Washington, D.C.

"You watch. Guaranteed," Begala said. “Trump put Pence in charge of coronavirus to throw him under the bus."

Haley, a former governor of South Carolina who was nominated by Trump to serve as U.N. ambassador and confirmed with a 96-4 vote in January 2017, has staunchly denied speculation she could replace Pence on the GOP ticket.

"The vice president and the president are a great ticket together," Haley told "Fox & Friends" in November. "They're solid. Solid enough that they're going to win together. There is no truth whatsoever that I would ever in any way look to get that position. I think Mike is great for that job and I think that he's the right partner for the president."

"Mike Pence is a great vice president,” Trump said in November, while noting Haley would “absolutely” be involved in his 2020 campaign.

“She is a friend of mine, she endorsed me with the most beautiful endorsement you’ve ever heard. She did a great job at the U.N.,” Trump added.