With his campaign struggling in the polls, the top two candidates to be Trump’s running mate have emerged, and the names are even worse than you could have imagined.
Donald Trump’s campaign has begun formally vetting possible running mates, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich emerging as the leading candidate followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But there are more than a half-dozen others being discussed as possibilities, according to several people with knowledge of the process.
The second tier contains Sens. Jeff Sessions and Bob Corker. After those two comes Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Behind Pence are Sens. Richard Burr, Tom Cotton, John Thune, Joni Ernst, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
Only Christie and Gingrich are being vetted right now. Trump has said that he wants a star as his running mate and neither Gingrich or Christie fit the bill. The rest of the potential veep list is a sad collection of people that the vast majority of Americans have never heard of. None of them would be described as a game changer for the Trump campaign. All of them could best be described as either experience or charisma-challenged.
If this is the best that Trump has got to choose from, he won’t getting a bounce from his running mate selection.
Even worse, Trump could cost himself support with the broader electorate if he chooses an unpopular figure like Gingrich or Christie as his running mate. In fact, a Trump/Gingrich or Trump/Christie ticket might set a record for the least popular ticket in modern American presidential campaign history.
It was obvious that Trump’s potential running mate list would be bad. What’s surprising is that might be even worse than anyone could have imagined.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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