More speculation is hitting the airwaves today regarding who GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump might be picking for his VP running mate — and announce on Friday.
Yesterday, Fox News suspended former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s contract, adding fuel to the rumor he might be the “chosen one” to take the fight to Hillary alongside the real estate mogul in the general election.
Well, another rumored pick, Mike Pence, is also getting some attention from Trump as he and his family met with Pence at the Indiana governor’s mansion today.
TheBlaze is reporting, Donald Trump and key members of his family huddled with Mike Pence Wednesday morning at the Indiana governor’s mansion as the billionaire enters the final phase of his search for a running mate. Trump was directing his staff to prepare for a Friday announcement.
“It’s a little bit like ‘The Apprentice,’” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, one of Trump’s finalists, said in a Tuesday interview with Fox News Channel. “You find out sooner or later who the last one standing is.”
Pence, Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were said to be the final contenders for vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket less than a week before the GOP meets in Cleveland for the formal nomination. That’s according to a person familiar with Trump’s thinking, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the vetting process. Trump said in a Tuesday interview with The Wall Street Journal that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is also still in the mix.
The three finalists have had “auditions” as Trump’s partner, opening for the presumed GOP nominee at speeches and rallies. After traveling together on Tuesday, Pence and Trump met up again on Wednesday at the governor’s mansion. They were joined by Trump’s three adult children, as well as Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chair Paul Manafort.
Pence is a steady, staunch conservative who would help calm nervous Republican wary of Trump’s impulsive style. Gingrich is a boisterous rabble-rouser who has spent decades in Washington, including as House speaker. Christie, a one-time rival, has become one of Trump’s most trusted advisers.
Pence and Gingrich would be welcome picks among anxious Republican officials already gathering in Cleveland for next week’s convention. Their governing experience and popularity among the party’s conservative base would mark a sharp contrast to Trump, whose brand of politics has alienated hard-line conservatives and establishment Republicans alike.
It seems odd that Fox would put Gingrich on suspension if he wasn’t going to be the VP pick, but with the sheer insanity of this election cycle, we should all be accustomed to expecting the unexpected.
it would seem the smart match for Trump is basically any pick that resonates with core Republican voters and who has at least a tiny bit of experience in the political realm to help balance out his novice status.
While having a resume with relevant experience is clearly important, Trump’s running mate also needs to be someone bold and brash, who will compliment The Donald on the campaign trail and particularly on the debate stage.
It won’t be long now until we get the official word, so stay tuned.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]