As a political novice, Trump’s vice presidential pick will have an outsized impact on his chances of winning the presidency. Many observers believe Trump needs a skilled and experienced running mate to help him get across the finish line.
Funny thing … most Republican politicians who fit the bill have made it known, publically or through surrogates, they are not interested
“Never,” said Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. “No chance.”
“Scott Walker has a visceral negative reaction to Trump’s character,” said Ed Goeas, a longtime adviser to the Wisconsin governor.
South Carolina Senator, Lindsey Graham, perhaps put it best, “That’s like buying a ticket on the Titanic.”
Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona have been emphatic that they do not want to be considered as Mr. Trump’s running mate.
It is uncertain who is on Trump’s list of VP choices or when he might announce his pick. Often, a candidate in Trump’s position would make an announcement shortly before the nominating convention, as did Mitt Romney.
The Republicans hold their convention in Cleveland, Ohio, starting on July 18th. But being the showman he is, look for Trump to announce his “significant other” at the convention. What better way to assure peak interest and huge ratings!
Many up and coming Republican politicians have privately stated that Trump’s unusually high unfavorable ratings with all voters and his unpopularity among women and Hispanics could doom him as a general election candidate and damage their own future political prospects if they were his vice presidential pick.
Justifiably, no one wants be associated with a brand on the skids.
Trump’s best bet for a running mate might be someone in the “twilight” of their political career. One who has nothing to lose.
There are two Republicans, rumored to be on Trump’s short list, who might fit the bill… Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie. Both have publically stated they’d be honored to be Trump’s VP pick. And both are political has-beens … one long out of the political spotlight and the other a man who saw a promising career get washed away under a mighty bridge.
Then there is Marco Rubio, who has said, “I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for Vice President.”
Sounds to me as if Rubio would be more than thrilled to be Trump’s co-pilot!
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