Trump Running-Mate Speculation Rife as Possible Choices Speak

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  • Newt Gingrich says he wouldn’t give ‘an automatic yes’
  • Ben Carson says Palin, Cruz, Rubio among those on the list

Donald Trump has said he probably won’t name a running mate until July. That hasn’t stopped speculation on who the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will select for his unconventional ticket.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who’s been talked about as among those Trump is considering, said Sunday he wouldn’t give “an automatic yes” if approached but suggested he would be interested.

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“If he can convince Callista and me that it’s doable and that it’s serious, and that we would in fact contribute, I think we’d be very hard-pressed not to say yes,” Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to his wife.

Gingrich, 72, was an architect of the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections, which gave the party a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in four decades. He left the House in 1999 and later ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, losing to Mitt Romney.

While Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue their primary battle, Trump has pivoted to the general election. That includes the task of uniting Republicans around his candidacy after a bruising nominating process, and speaking about who he might want to see as his vice president.

Brewer’s ‘Fantastic’

Trump told the Associated Press on May 11 that he was considering “five or six” people, and has since told Fox News that former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was “fantastic,” when asked if she was on the list. Brewer tweeted May 8 that she’s “willing to be considered.”

In an interview with the Washington Post published Sunday, Ben Carson, a former Republican candidate who now supports Trump, said former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie “are all people on our list.”

Palin was John McCain’s running-mate in 2008 presidential race, when the pair lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. On May 8 she said on CNN that many people would see her as a “burden” to a Trump ticket. Cruz, Rubio and Christie all ran against Trump this year, and Christie has endorsed Trump.

Carson does well in opinion polls, the Post wrote, but said he has no plans to be considered as running mate. The retired neurosurgeon is involved Trump’s vice presidential search but his ongoing role in the campaign is unclear.

On the Democratic side, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who Hillary Clinton is said to be considering, would only say Sunday on CNN, “I love the job I’m doing.”

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