*By Max Godnick* Nicki Minaj. Cardi B. Ariana Grande. Michael Avenatti? Stormy Daniels's attorney made his debut on the pink carpet Monday night, appearing among the starlets at the MTV Video Music Awards. The high-profile lawyer was fresh off a trip to the political hotbed of New Hampshire, sparking more speculation that he will run for president in 2020. "I'm gauging what the reaction is," Avenatti told Cheddar's Vanessa Freeman outside Radio City Music Hall in New York. "I'm listening to people, and I'm figuring out if this makes sense or not." In the past few weeks, the lawyer has made conspicuous stops in three battleground states ー Florida, Iowa, and now New Hampshire ー after announcing earlier this month that he's ["seriously considering"](https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/10/politics/avenatti-in-iowa/index.html) a White House run. "I haven't ultimately made a decision yet, but I'm encouraged," Avenatti said. He issued his stances on several polarizing issues on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/MichaelAvenatti/status/1029385486958305280), echoing the Democratic party's views on everything from gun control to healthcare. At the VMAs, he said no child should forego a college education because of financing. "We've got a lot of work to do," he said. "We can't afford another six years of this president." When Cheddar asked Avenatti his pick for a second-in-command, he knew just the right choice. "I think J.Lo would make a good running mate," he said. "She's very smart, and I think she knows how to bring it." Jennifer Lopez was granted this year's VMA Video Vanguard Award for her accomplishments in the industry. For full interview [click here] (https://cheddar.com/videos/which-vmas-pop-star-is-michael-avenatti-choosing-as-his-running-mate).

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