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Donald Trump has narrowed running mate to 'five or six names'

The New York tycoon said he wants someone with considerable political experience

Anthony Zurcher for BBC reports: the New York tycoon said that was prioritizing political experience, because he wanted a vice president to help him “with legislation, getting things through” Washington if he wins the White House.

There is a number of possible running mates in his party, even though many in Congress, starting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, are not yet fully on the Trump bandwagon.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was one of the first Republican office-holders to endorse Mr. Trump, and he's taken a key role in the campaign as its top foreign policy adviser. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is another Trump-friendly insider whose name has repeatedly surfaced. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee generated some buzz after saying in early March that she would consider being on Mr. Trump's ticket.

Trump has also admitted that there was "probably a 40% chance" he'd select his running mate from among his former presidential rivals. Chris Christie is likely near the top of this list, given that he was one of the first mainstream Republican politicians on the Trump train with his headline-grabbing endorsement in early March. Although John Kasich has disavowed any interest, Mr. Trump said he'd be "very interested" in vetting him as his running mate.

A good entrepreneur knows that diversification is the key to long-term economic success. If Mr. Trump wants to reduce the risk in his general election campaign - namely his eye-popping negative ratings among Hispanics and women - his running mate could be one way to do it.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer have both expressed interested in being on the Trump ticket. South Carolina's Nikki Haley used her State of the Union response earlier this year to indirectly criticize Mr. Trump, but she's since said she will support him as her party's nominee.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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