The following is an excerpt from Christina Coleburn | May 9, 2016 | msnbc.com |
Now that Donald Trump has effectively clinched the Republican presidential nomination, speculation is brewing over who will join him on the Republican ticket.
“I’m a business person,” the billionaire told CNBC on May 5. “And I’ve got that covered. But [in] the political world — although I’ve been in politics all my life in a different sense on the other side — I think having somebody that can get legislation though, and help me with that, would be good.”
Trump said there is “probably a 40 percent chance” that he would choose one of his former rivals as his vice presidential running mate. Meanwhile, other political figures also responded to rumors that they could be feasible options.
Here are some of the remarks that potential vice presidential picks have made about the likelihood that Trump could select them to share his ticket.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Despite speculation that the businessman would choose the Ohio lawmaker, Trump said May 5 on CNBC that Kasich was “unlikely” to be his vice presidential pick.
“I’ve had a good relationship with him and, you know, I really got along with him pretty well,” Trump said. “I would say probably it’s unlikely that it will be John. I’m not sure that John even wants it. But I think it is unlikely that it will be John. You know I do have a good view of him and I do have a good opinion of him, but I think it’s probably unlikely.”
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