Trump Ponders Running Mate: It Will Be an Insider and Definitely a Republican

Trump Ponders Running Mate, Says His Vice President Pick Will Be a Republican
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05/04/2016 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Now that Donald Trump has been declared the presumptive GOP nominee for president, he's looking for a politically-minded running mate to round out his business "talents."

"I will say I will probably go the political route," Trump said when asked about choosing a running mate on Morning Joe Wednesday following his win in Indiana Tuesday night. "I have the business, let's call them talents."

In another interview with ABC Wednesday morning, he said his vice presidential pick would definitely be a Republican and would "most likely" be an elected official.

"I think probably I would like to go with somebody with great political experience," Trump told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.



"I would like to have somebody who would truly be good with respect to dealing with the Senate, dealing with Congress, getting legislation passed, working toward something where we're not signing executive orders every three days like President Obama does," Trump added.

The billionaire businessman said he doesn't have a "name in mind" but he plans to reveal his pick sometime in July, before the GOP convention in Cleveland. He also said he will soon announce a committee to help select his running mate, which would include Dr. Ben Carson "and some other folks," according to The New York Times.



Several notable Republicans have already rejected the possibility of running alongside Trump, including failed GOP hopefuls John Kasich and Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, The New York Times reported late last month.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and former House speaker Newt Gingrich have all said they would be open to being Trump's running mate, according to the Times.

"If a potential president says I need you, it would be very hard for a patriotic citizen to say no," Gingrich said. "People can criticize a nominee, but ultimately there are very few examples of people turning down the vice presidency."
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