The story on the horizon for the Donald Trump campaign now is all about choosing a running mate or a potential VP to join him going forward. There are likely choices, but is joining Trump on this mission a career suicide pact or the path to the White House? With a place on the Trump ticket looking less and less appealing with each verbal faux pas, are potential VPs looking at this invitation as a blessing or a curse?
According to the Inquisitr, Donald Trump has some odd people speaking on his behalf, like his former butler who threatened the life of President Obama and ended up being questioned by the Secret Service. The butler, who worked by Donald Trump’s side for over a decade, worked at the Marilago Estate as the in-house historian after retiring from being the butler. However, the suggestion that it’s not too late to kill President Obama raised a lot of eyebrows.
Vanity Fair scoped out the potential field of Republican candidates for the VP position and who will say no thank you, as joining Trump on this path might be considered career suicide, as that person will forever be thought of as partnered with Trump. They say that going along as a VP to Donald Trump is a risk to your career if you are a younger politician and a hassle you don’t need if you are older.
There is a pool of potential VP candidates that the Trump campaign is allegedly considering, and at the top of the list is Newt Gingrich. He has supported Donald Trump on some levels but has also been critical of him on many others. Recently, Newt Gingrich called Trump’s comments on a judge “inexcusable.” But Trump should also consider that Gingrich carries with him a number of unfavorables in polling, especially with women. Combined with Trump’s appeal to women, Gingrich is not really a VP asset.
Then there is Mary Fallin, the governor of Oklahoma who is largely considered one of the least popular governors in the country. As such, it is difficult to imagine why the Trump campaign would think this was a good idea — other than the fact that she is female, which might attract more female votes. Fallin has also endorsed Donald Trump and has publicly said that she would be on board as his VP.
“I would be very honored if I were to receive a call saying, I need you to help make America great again.”
Many have suggested that Fallin would have given a folksy, midwestern flavor to the campaign, but the party still remembers that the same was thought about Sara Palin and the McCain campaign, but that didn’t turn out so well as a VP choice.
CBS News is wondering who will win the Donald Trump veepstakes and be named as his VP. The conventions are just weeks away, and with part of the Republican party still thinking they can replace Donald Trump, it is even more important that he find an acceptable running mate. Donald Trump has been clear that he wants his VP to have the Washington experience that he lacks.
“I would want someone who could help me with government. So most likely, that would be a political person.”
Newt Gingrich was asked if he would accept the VP position if asked, to which he responded, “I think we’d be very hard pressed not to say yes.”
When Gingrich was asked point blank if he would like the job, he hedged.
“I don’t know. It’s certainly a great challenge.”
That hardly sounds like a ringing endorsement.
It will be interesting to see if the person chosen to be the Trump VP says yes, politely says no thank you, or uses that old political phrase “I need to spend more time with my family right now.”
Who do you think Donald Trump will choose as his VP, and will that potentially end that person’s political career?
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