Newt Gingrich said he would agree to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vice president (video below).
"If Trump offers the position and is serious about it, which I think he would be after our conversations, listen, I would feel compelled to serve the country,” Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren July 7.
Gingrich confirmed the day before his Fox News interview that he was being vetted for the position of vice president.
"I have no idea what that means in terms of Donald Trump," he said, according to CNN. "He's the only person that matters."
Gingrich added that he has no idea what his chances of being selected are and that five or six people are being considered for the position.
He said he anticipates that Trump will make a decision the Thursday or Friday before the Republican National Convention, which begins July 18.
Trump has said that Gingrich would be a part of his administration. He did not specify in what capacity.
“Newt has been my friend for a long time,” Trump said at a July 6 Cincinnati, Ohio, campaign rally with Gingrich in attendance, according to Fox News. “And I’m not saying anything, and I’m not telling even Newt anything, but I can tell you, in one form or another, Newt Gingrich is going to be involved with our government.”
“We are at a crossroads in American history,” Gingrich told Van Susteren. " ... We're either gonna clean up Washington or Washington is going to corrupt the whole country."