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Who Will Trump Choose for VP? Here Are His Top Choices

A man who’s famous for firing people on TV is now preparing to make the most important hire of his career.

Donald Trump’s campaign is working to narrow down its list of possible vice presidential candidates, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of a shortlist of potential picks.

Trump, who has no military or government experience, is said to seek a second-in-command with the policy and political experience to navigate a law-making system that remains largely opaque to the real estate mogul. And Trump’s uniquely bombastic demeanor means that he faces a unique challenge in arranging a political marriage that also won’t exacerbate an already fractured Republican Party.

Trump aides have also said publicly and privately that the campaign will not make a pick based on gender or race. “That would be viewed as pandering,” campaign chair Paul Manafort said earlier this year.

Another factor that can’t be ignored: Trump, 70, would be the oldest president ever to take office.

The choice may also be muddled by the campaign turmoil that led to the abrupt departure of Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was dismissed by the campaign last week.

Here’s a look at some of the top candidates and what we know about them:


John Thune: Thune, a telegenic senator deeply versed in Senate strategy, would easily clear Trump’s bar for knowledge of how political negotiations work in Washington. At 55, he’s experienced but still relatively young. As a member of Senate leadership who’s very visible to reporters on the Hill, Thune has been fairly measured in criticism of Trump in the aftermaths of the candidate’s most controversial comments. (He has recently questioned Trump’s campaign strategy, saying of Trump’s business jaunt to Scotland, “I’m not sure what the purpose of the trip is.”)

Bob Corker: Corker has been an important Capitol Hill ally of Trump’s campaign in the face of plenty of party disarray. Viewed as a pragmatist and former businessman who has worked with Democrats in the past, Corker would fit the mold of a negotiator able to translate Trump’s “deals” into legislation. And as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he could soothe those wary of Trump’s lack of knowledge of global affairs.

Chris Christie: If unconditional loyalty is what the candidate wants, the New Jersey governor’s audition has gone pretty well. Perhaps more than any other high-profile Republican, Christie has been almost unwavering in his support of the presumptive nominee. The pair’s outspoken temperaments are also similar, though perhaps not complimentary. Christie is still tinged with the dragged-out aftermath of the Bridgegate scandal, too. His role as the transition coordination for Trump’s campaign could be a hint that he’s not in the running for the No. 2 job, but a post like attorney general could be a consolation prize instead.

Rick Scott: In some ways, Scott and Trump are cut from the same cloth. Both are wealthy businessmen who came late to politics, pumped millions of their own money into their campaigns and emphasized their private sector bona fides. Unlike many possible contenders, the Florida governor hails from a swing state – probably the election’s most important one. But he’s not particularly popular there, hovering just underwater in public polling of his approval rating. And while he’s got governing experience, he’s not the kind of Washington savant Trump might need to navigate Congress.


Mary Fallin: A former congresswoman and current governor of Oklahoma, Fallin has political experience inside and outside of Washington. (She also served as the head of the National Governors Association for two years.) But she’s been openly campaigning for the job, which could make her less appealing to Trump.

Mike Pence: The Indiana governor, first elected in 2012, has the kind of extensive resume that has prompted White House speculation before. A former six-term congressman who chaired the Republican House Conference — as well as the Republican Study Committee — he’s admired by social conservatives, policy wonks and evangelicals. He’s facing a tough re-election battle, which could make joining the ticket more appealing. A possible strike against him: He endorsed Trump rival Ted Cruz before Indiana’s primary, which the real estate mogul ultimately won.

Jeff Sessions: Sessions, one of Trump’s closest policy advisers, is ideologically aligned with Trump enough that he could be a fallback option if the campaign’s top picks balk from the job. But as a 69 year-old from Alabama, Sessions brings neither youth nor a geographical advantage to the table. Also, past controversies over statements about African-Americans – which bedeviled Sessions’ hopes of becoming a federal judge — would underscore accusations of Trump’s racial insensitivities.

Newt Gingrich: A former Speaker of the House, Gingrich certainly fulfills the requirement of knowing his way around Capitol Hill. But, like Christie, Gingrich’s personality — and well-documented personal ambition – might not be a great match for a billionaire who’s used to being the top dog. And at 73, he’s even older than Trump.


Kelly Ayotte: Trump is said to like the New Hampshire senator’s resume and record. The big question would be whether she would play ball; she’s facing a difficult re-election fight in a swing state against a popular Democrat.

Scott Brown: Brown is pro-choice, lacks more than a (short) term of Senate experience after winning the 2010 special election in Massachusetts, and was famously defeated in back-to-back elections – once by Trump nemesis Elizabeth Warren. But he could be a TV-ready surrogate with some real juice among conservative activists.

Who would you like to see Trump pick? Is there a name you want to see that didn’t make the short list? Leave a comment and let us know.

Source: NBC News

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27 replies on “Who Will Trump Choose for VP? Here Are His Top Choices”

I hope it is Newt Gingrich, Trump needs someone who knows the ropes and inner working of government to apply his ideas so they will fly and not spend all his time fighting protocol.

Newt would be perfect with his knowledge of the Constitution and the workings of congress but , Bless his heart, age is catching up to him ! He should have beat Romney out and we would not be in this predicament !

Please pick Newt…age does not matter, the guy is smart, a better communicator than Trump, solid with his record, and very persuasive without being belligerent like Trump!

I hope it is G.I. Joe. He has more military experience, although I hear Trump played with them when he was younger.

Newt G. Although the scariest thing is that ALL THE DRIVE BY MEDIA IS IN THE POCKET OF THE DEMOCRATS THANK GOD FOR CABLE ie. FOX and the WSJ!!!!

in this article the writer says Trump has no military experience. Emperor Caligula Hussein Obama had no experience at anything, no real jobs, no military experience, no experience at doing anything but creating problems for everyone in the world.

Take a second look at Gov Rick Perry besides his excellent knowledge, management, skills and abilities as Governor of a large complex border state he is also an old Europe, Mid East, Africa, Air Force Captain and C-130 pilot.
Please contact my E-mail, I would like to present to Mr. Trump a way to win the Presidency with out pissing so many people off.

I agree – he’s level-headed and has a high moral standard. Intelligent and an excellent record of achievement.

I think Ben Carson would provide a great balance as a VP that will help heal our Nation, or at least Chief of Staff. Allen West would be my second choice. I would put Newt Gingrich in a high place as well. An excellent, pro conservative,patriotic Cabinet can provide everything else.

All good names. Like Rick Perry, the C-130 was not that easy to fly. Great governor. Let’s say Trump gets Pa., Ohio, Florida and can pull off Texas with Rick, may be so long HRC.

By all means, Newt would be the best choice. He is extremely knowledgeable and balanced the budget under Clinton

NOT TO PICK: Bob Corker. He has quietly and subversively attempted to Eliminate the US Merchant Maine industry, our 4th arm of defense, by diverting ALL American cargoes (Gov’t and private) to any and all foreign flag vessels that are anchored off the US ports. Military supplies
are being loaded from most US ports on to foreign vessels. Our 300 million tons of reserve grain has been depleted (sold, IOUs, given away) of which less than 2% was carried on US flag vessels.Huge profits were made by those involved. Thanks to the failure of the XL PIPELINE Bill -which had the above amendment slipped in, the U.S. still has 77 US flag ships for international trade. In 1960 the US had over 4000 commercial vessels.
Mr. Corker would only speed up the massive down fall of our economy and further corruption

Jeff Sessions long experience as a Senator, makes him ideal for V.P. who is also President of the Senate, and he is also one of the few Senators who backed Trump early and fully.

I’ve liked Newt all along–for pres or vice-pres. Age doesn’t seem to be a problem even though he is older than Donald. Newt has more governing experience than any of the rest.

I don’t know that two old men: Trump and Newt will do much to bring younger voters. Also, real conservatives are tired of Newt from what I’m hearing. I like Carson: supported his campaign. I like Sessions but it should be someone younger. Pence? Is there a more conservative who would run?

I’m with Barbara M. I like Allen West for many reasons. He was a High Ranking career military officer and strategic planner; he is very intelligent and charismatic (I think); and he doesn’t appear to have any private or professional dirty-laundry for the socialist MSM or the filthy Democrat race-baiters and NWO 2a protagonists to exploit. His political experience is not vast; but he did spend one term in the US House as an R-Fla; so at least he has a clue about how politics work in D.C. Also, much like Donald, he has little time or regard for PC; and we desperately need that!

Trump doesn’t need anyone with any kind of experience. I want him to go there and rip, snort and tear ass. Negotiate my ass. Let’s send him there with such a clear and massive mandate that to cross him would be unthinkable. All the top officers in the military are suck-asses having survived the PC vetting process and acquiesced to girls and queers and stress cards, etc. Lincoln knew nothing of international affairs and war and we think of him as the best president we ever had. FDR was well versed in diplomacy and war and look what he got us: Communism and Sino-Soviet domination of the world. We need a Veep in lockstep with Trump’s immigration policies, first and foremost. Then we one against PC and willing to alter our trade policies and bring jobs and production back onshore. We need one that won’t suck up to the UN or our domestic left wing constituencies. We need one that will mercilessly gut the Federal Government and break the Civil Service Union. We need one that will prosecute criminals in the BLM, EPA, Fish & Wildlife Service and in Congress, to include Killary & Bilk Linton and Black Lassie for fraud and spying as a foreign agent, who will subpoena all Bury’s records and make them public, then hang him. We need a hard man, a resolute man in case they assassinate Trump, which is highly likely. Don’t make the same mistake RR did and pick a dork like Bush for veep that he hated and was ideologically opposed to him. Find the second most hated-by-liberals man in the country and pick him. Alex Jones comes to mind.

Ok some of this is kinda comical, but if it was my job it’d Newt or Allen West. Newt has probably forgotten more about what makes things tick and how to “get er done” than most folks could learn in a lifetime! And look at West! Holy crap, that guy’s got a LOT to offer as VP!

Either Ben Carson, Joni Ernst, or Allen West would be a good fit and complement Trump’s appeal and shortfalls as well and help him in the all important demographics.

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