Trump Considers Options For Running Mate

| by Jordan Smith
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After Republican front-runner Donald Trump's victory May 3 in the Indiana primary, speculation has turned to who his running mate will be in November's presidential election.

Some believe that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who dropped out of the race early on and endorsed Trump, could be the Republican's vice presidential candidate, according to Mediaite.

Trump won 53 percent of the vote in Indiana, and the vast majority of delegates.

The billionaire’s status as the Republican candidate was strengthened after his victory when his closest challenger, Ted Cruz, suspended his campaign.

“I think Christie’s the favorite,” Mark Halperin of MSNBC told Mediaite.

“[He’s] a brawler who can take on the Clintons. They have to make her as unacceptable as they’re gonna try and make Trump and I think Christie, he’s the best brawler in American politics,” he added.

Christie already has a long record of attacking the presumptive Democratic candidate.

“You know the last person [Hillary Clinton] wants to see on that stage in September? You’re looking at him,” Christie said to a crowd in a New Hampshire restaurant in February.

He then took a swipe at her over the ongoing questions about her use of a personal email account.

“Man, she sees a federal prosecutor on the stage, I’ll beat her rear end on that stage. And you know what? After I do, she’ll be relieved because she’ll just be worried I was going to serve her with a subpoena,” he added.

Trump’s remarks the day after his Indiana triumph pointed elsewhere. He told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview that he welcomed reports Gov. John Kasich of Ohio was preparing to suspend his campaign.

“I would be interested in vetting John,” Trump said, when asked by Blitzer if Kasich could appear on his presidential ticket, Politico reported. “I like John. I’ve had a good relationship with John. I’ve gotten along with him well.”

“Whether John is vice president or not, I think he’ll be very, very helpful with Ohio,” Trump added.

Reports that Kasich was withdrawing were later confirmed. According to the Guardian, the Ohio Governor made a statement at 5 p.m. May 4 to formally end his presidential bid.

Sources: Mediaite, Politico, Guardian / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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