This Guy is at the Top of Trump's List For VP
Newsmax reports that Newt Gingrich is at the top of Donald Trump's list for the VP nomination. Per John Gizzi:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now the leading candidate to be tapped by Donald Trump as his running mate, a close confidante of Trump tells Newsmax.
On Tuesday, Trump told the AP that he has whittled down his choices to 5 or 6 names.
"I have a list of people that I would like," Trump revealed in his interview Tuesday.
But the name that keeps cropping up as his favorite is Gingrich, a Trump confidante tells Newsmax.
Trump has tapped former presidential contender Ben Carson to help pick his running mate. Carson said Tuesday that he is stepping down from that post to focus on the Thursday meeting between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump also announced this week that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will head his transition team.
Gingrich has long been rumored to be in the running for the job. Some pundits have noted that he has practically begged Donald Trump for it. Writing at CBS News earlier this week, Will Rahn assessed the possibility of a Gingrich Trump marriage:
There remains a faction of the party that still sees Newt as a world historical figure who never quite got his due. Gingrich himself certainly believes this is the case, and he appears hungry to sign on to a Trump ticket. And while the former House speaker has no shortage of detractors within the party, he is, by all accounts, a gifted and sometimes brilliant politician who knows a thing or two about how the government functions.
But that sure would be a lot of weirdness on one ticket, wouldn't it? Not to mention a lot of ex-wives (four between the two of them). Newt carries plenty of baggage from his many decades in public life, and isn't famous for staying on message or being a disciplined campaigner. Two loose cannons would make for a ticket no one in the media could look away from, but getting eyeballs has never been Trump's problem.
So as far an insider-y picks go, Newt is probably the riskiest. Then again, he may be the perfect person to turn Trumpisms into digestible policy nuggets: now, what I think Donald meant to say is that...
This is an intriguing story that we'll continue to update as it develops. In the meantime, let us know what you think about a Trump-Gingrich ticket.