Now that Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have been dispatched, Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee. Over recent months, speculation has grown over who Trump could choose to run as his vice president in an upcoming showdown, presumptively with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and her running mate in November.
While there are still technically state primaries left for Trump to win before the convention; his campaign has made it clear that the billionaire plans to focus all of his time and energy on attacking Clinton in anticipation of their potential showdown this fall.
But the question remains, who will be the unlucky man or women to have to answer for all of Trump’s future gaffes between now and election day?
Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America, Trump hinted to host George Stephanopolous that he’s looking for “a person with political experience.” He also noted that his running mate would be a Republican.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump said he wanted a person who could effectively deal with Congress because he said he would rather not resort to using executive orders as President Obama has done throughout the course of his administration.
So here are 13 names Trump is considering to serve as his vice presidential running mate.
South Carolina Governor Niki Haley endorsed Marco Rubio during the GOP primaries. However, she could be a smart choice if Trump wanted to reach out to white female voters. Plus Haley is from the south which could give him a bonus benefit.
Scott’s the Governor of Florida, widely considered to be one of the most critical battleground states since the 2000 election. Scott is a former businessman who would know a thing or two about healthcare being a former healthcare executive. He could give Trump some breathing room when it comes to explaining his incredibly detailed “lines around the states” health care plan.
Considered a strong favorite for Trump’s VP. He has popularity with the conservative base, and while he did endorse Ted Cruz in the primaries, all could be forgiven if Walker can deliver the Midwest for Trump in November.
Like Trump, Icahn is also a successful businessman, who’s net worth is estimated to be five times greater than Trumps. Icahn earned his money by starting a successful holding company on Wall Street called Icahn Enterprises. He could certainly lend some economic muscle to the ticket, but then again, isn’t that supposed to be Trumps forte’?
Senator Jeff Sessions
Trump often makes mention of the Alabama Senator, who’s state held his biggest campaign rally to date. Sessions officially jumped on the Trump bandwagon in February; he’s a respected among his colleagues and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He could theoretically add foreign policy and military experience to the ticket.
Sen. Joni Ernst
The Iowa senator is another strong female candidate who’s also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She is a senator from a swing state, she is a woman, and brings the same benefits that Sessions would bring to the table.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
There are rumors circulating that she’s expressed interest in the job, she also endorsed Donald Trump in the primaries.
Gingrich brands himself as the conservative who balanced the budget during the Clinton administration. He’s possibly the strongest policy wonk Trump could pick.
Rubio’s young, ambitious, and started to improve his performance during the campaign at one point going toe to toe with Trump. Although many feel he went “below the belt,” Rubio may have earned Trump’s respect as a scrapper. Plus he is Latino and soon to be a former senator from the swing state of Florida.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Never has there been a more pathetic looking figure than Christie standing behind Trump in numerous backgrounds with vacant soul crushed eyes. The unpopular New Jersey Governor would probably make a poor choice as he probably couldn’t even deliver his home state, a place that Trump wouldn’t need any help winning anyway. Many feel that an attorney general position would be in Christies future should Trump prove successful in November.
This MSNBC host has been accused of being softer on Trump than a stick of butter in the sun. When asked on the Hugh Hewitt show if he’d accept the VP position, Scarborough played it cool and didn’t say yes or no. He’s also a former congressman from the swing state of Florida, although Trump probably has two more appealing sunshine state options to choose from.
A double down white male New York City ticket could be crazy enough to work or just plain stupid. However, the former New York City mayor still has major love from many New Yorkers after guiding them through the aftermath of 9/11. He’s a moderate conservative who thinks heavy-handed police policies like “stop and frisk” and racial profiling were absolutely necessary to keep affluent white voters safe.
Ohio Governor John Kasich
What? Too soon? Kasich has done a fantastic job awkwardly flailing his arms and reciting his resume at every GOP debate this primary season. He’s a current Ohio Governor, who likes to boast about positive job growth and balanced budgets. Ohio is also an important battleground swing state that happens to be hosting the GOP convention this year in Cleveland. However, Kasich has declared that he will not try Trump’s vice presidential green eggs and ham on numerous occasions, but we all know how that story turned out.
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