As GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to lead in most polls — in some by rather large margins — what might have once seemed like a longshot (remember back at the beginning of the summer) now increasingly is real possibility. So it’s natural to start imagining who Trump might pick as his running mate, should he go all the way to receive the GOP nomination.
Today, Trump came as close as he’s come yet to naming who that person might be. And I know some of you are going to be disappointed, while others of you will love it.
H/T to The Hill via The Right Scoop:
Donald Trump on Tuesday named Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) when asked about his possible running mate in 2016.
“Ted Cruz is now agreeing with me 100 percent,” he said when asked about his vice presidential pick, according to Lifezette.
“Well, I like him,” Trump told radio host Laura Ingraham during her broadcast. “He’s backed everything I’ve said.”
Unlike most of the Republican presidential hopefuls, Cruz has mostly refrained from attacking Trump, even appearing alongside him at a rally in September against the Iran nuclear deal.
The pair has also struck similar tones on topics such as border security and illegal immigration.
Still, Trump suggested late Monday that he will turn on Cruz if he becomes a threat to his front-runner status.
“If he catches on, I guess we’ll have to go to war,” he told host Joe Kernen on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
Cruz and Trump are also on the same page in opposing President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. Trump on Tuesday said Germany’s decision to accept the refugees is going to “destroy” that country.
While Cruz currently holds office — and therefore can’t be considered a complete “outsider” or “anti-establishment,” he’s known for shaking up the establishment from the inside. Given that, it’s easy to see how Cruz and Trump — the guy who largely set the anti-establishment, no-more-business-as-usual tone for this election cycle — might mesh well together.
But though Cruz is still a distant third or fourth in most polls, there’s no question he’s been gaining lately — both in polls and general share of voice in the GOP race — so still has a chance to give the Donald a run for his money in this race. If that happens, I hope Trump doesn’t go full-on nasty on him if he indeed decides to “go to war”; either one of these candidates would be a refreshing show of strength compared to our wimp-a** current president. As Trump aptly notes:
“He’s supposed to be a cheerleader for this country,” Trump said. Instead, “he just acts like a defeated man.”
In any case, we’ve got quite an interesting number of months ahead to look forward to, folks!
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]