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Two Top Trump VP Picks Decline To Join His Ticket

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Two Top Trump VP Picks Decline To Join His Ticket

U.S. Senator Corker participates in the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington

After two prominent senators withdrew their names as possible vice presidents in a Trump administration, the Republican nominee is left with an increasingly short VP short-list.

On Twitter, Trump announced he was meeting with Sens. Bob Corker and Joni Ernst — both widely believed to be top choices to round out his ticket — adding that he’d be seeing Ernst again.

But Ernst had other ideas. In an interview with Politico on Wednesday, the Iowa senator suggested she would not be joining the Republican ticket, saying she’s “just getting started” in the Senate.

“I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa,” she said.

Speculation around an Ernst VP pick was fueled by news that she would be taking up a prominent speaking spot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month.

Corker, who was formally vetted by the Trump campaign, was perhaps more explicit in rejecting the GOP vice-presidential spot.

“There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things,” Corker told the Washington Post.

The exit of Corker, who serves as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, represents a huge blow towards any chance Trump had left to bulk up foreign policy expertise on the GOP ticket.

No other reported VP possibilities have much reputable foreign policy experience, and Trump’s credibility on the issue is in doubt. Several Republican foreign policy heavyweights from the Bush era have already pledged their vote to Hillary Clinton.

Indeed, it may have been Corker’s strong disagreement on key foreign policy issues, such as Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration, that caused the senator to refuse a possible spot as running-mate.

Along with Ernst’s exit, his announcement leaves three reported possibilities: Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, and Gov. Mike Pence — not counting a surprise pick. (Sarah Palin was entirely absent from many commentators’ VP short-lists in 2012.)

In addition to his meetings with Corker and Ernst, Trump also spent his Fourth of July weekend with Pence, and will appear at a rally tomorrow with Gingrich, according to the Post.

Ernst, for her part, told Politico that she favors Pence, calling him “so well rounded” and “a great conservative.


Photo: U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R) participates in the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst



  1. darkagesbegin July 6, 2016

    “I’m not gonna do it. You do it.” “I’m not gonna do it. You do it.” “Let’s get Mikey, he’ll do anything.”

    1. Irishgrammy July 6, 2016

      LOL, perfect!!!

      1. darkagesbegin July 7, 2016

        thanks 😉

  2. joeg2028 July 6, 2016

    In the comment on Palin, did the author mean 2008, not 2012? I don’t think that Romney would have EVER given her a thought, so it makes sense that she wouldn’t have been on anyone’s short list. But Corker seems to have been the most likely to be on a short list!!

  3. I of John July 7, 2016

    The worst game of hot potato ever!

  4. Dan S July 7, 2016

    Trump says what do you mean you don’t want to be my bitch er VP ? The role as my sidekick will be fabulous great huuuuge blah blah. It’s like the captain of the Titanic asking crew members okay who wants to go down with me ? ????

  5. darkagesbegin July 7, 2016

    If I were Trump, I would be triple careful about considering Newt as my VP. After all, if anything were to happen to the Donald, Newt would become president. And I am pretty sure that Newt would have few qualms about engineering something, somehow.

    1. plc97477 July 7, 2016

      Some one on MSNBC last week said that if he chooses newt his second appointment should be a taste tester. I have to agree with that.

      1. darkagesbegin July 7, 2016

        darn, I missed that. It must have been funny. And so true! 😉

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