Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has his potential Vice President list down to “five or six” names.
In an interview with the Associated Press on May 10, Trump revealed that he has a shortlist but was silent on who might be up for a slot on the New York billionaire's ticket.
Nonetheless, there has been a great deal of speculation about who is likely being considered, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is often touted by pundits as a strong contender, whom Trump hasn't shied away from addressing.
"I like Chris a lot," Trump told Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor. "I'm not going to say ruling in or out. I would say that I have in mind five different people. I think they are excellent. I'll announce whoever it will be at the convention. I'd love to give you all five but I can't, Bill. I don't want to do that, Bill. It's not even fair to you. It's not fair to you."
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Other names floated around include a few “formers” such as former Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, former Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. But there are also several active politicians whose names are touted, including Republican Senators Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Joni Ernst of Iowa, as well as Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, according to ABC News.
Trump has repeatedly said he is looking for somebody with political experience to navigate the political mazes of Washington, D.C. and help get legislation passed.
Whichever qualities Trump is looking for in a Vice President, his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Fox News' Sean Hannity that they're not focused on "gender or geography" in making their decision.
"I think it's a small group of people," said Lewandowski, who is also leading Trump's VP search. "We've been looking at this for some time now, and at the end of the day, we're gonna submit a list of people to Mr. Trump for his consideration and he's gonna have to make sure that person he can work with because this is truly a partnership moving forward."