Ever since GOP candidate Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee, everyone has been taking stabs at who they think might end up being Trump’s running mate to take on Hillary come November.
As speculation is runs rampant on the Internet that it’s going to be former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, we can now scratch two potential contenders off the list.
TheBlaze is reporting, Both Republican Sens. Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) Wednesday essentially scratched themselves from the shortlist of potential running mates for their party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.
“There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things,” Corker told the Washington Post in an interview. He reportedly effusively praised Trump and said he would serve as an informal advisor to the candidate.
Corker said that he told Trump that he is more policy-oriented than political and that some of the duties that come along with being a running mate weren’t really suited for him.
“It’s a highly political job, and that’s not who I am,” he said. “We had a very open conversation about that, and actually, we have been very candid about it from the very beginning of our meetings. I left there feeling very good about him as a person but also realized that at age 63, I know the things I’m good at doing. And knowing what a candidate for vice president has to do, it’s just not the right thing for me, and I don’t think it’s the right thing for them.”
As for Ernst, while she all but withdrew from Trump’s search completely, the Iowa senator told Politico in an interview that her focus is on Iowa and helping Trump in the Senate.
“I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa,” Ernst said of her meeting earlier this week with the Manhattan real estate tycoon. “I feel that I have a lot more to do in the United States Senate. And Iowa is where my heart is.”
These two dropping out of contention narrows the field substantially, but it’s still anybody’s guess as to who Trump will pick.
What we do know for sure is that he needs someone who complements his weaknesses with their own personal strengths, and vice versa. Trump needs someone who is strong and solid on policy and who has experience serving in government, as this might help draw in the more traditional, dare I say, “establishment” crowd to back him against Clinton.
Gingrich certainly has many of those elements, given his background in political service.
It won’t be long now until we find out who both Trump and Hillary select as their running mates in what’s sure to be a general election no one is soon going to forget.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]