With the Republican National Convention less than three weeks away, who Donald Trump tags as his running mate is taking center stage — the presumptive nominee has said he intends to announce his vice presidential pick in Cleveland, where the convention in being held.
According to sources, the choice could range anywhere from a blue state governor to an experienced former speaker of the House.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are among the finalists to be Donald Trump’s running mate, sources confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
Christie — a former Trump rival turned top defender — has received the official paperwork for the vetting process, according to a source with knowledge of events. And Gingrich is being “seriously considered” for the job, a Trump adviser said.
Some expect Trump to choose someone with political experience to help navigate the bureaucracy in Washington, which would favor Gingrich.
But Trump and Christie are long-time friends and CNN noted that the moderate governor has been “one of [Trump’s] closest behind the scenes advisers, according to sources familiar with the relationship.”
Christie was quick to endorse Trump, who he referred to as “entertainer-in-chief” on the stump, after failing in his own presidential run.
Another name being mentioned is former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
CNN affiliate WBIN-TV on Thursday asked Trump whether Christie or Brown were on his vice presidential shortlist and he sang the praises of both men.
“Well, they’re both good guys. I don’t want to say shortlist but certainly they’re great people,” Trump said. “Scott was a very early supporter and Chris was very early after he got out. And they’re certainly people I want involved.”
In addition to the names mentioned above, the Washington Post reported that Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, were also being considered, but CNN said a campaign source denied the Post’s claim.
The source did say that a surprise choice could also be in store — after all, we are talking about Donald Trump.
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