Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is still battling four rivals for GOP nomination, but has already offered the criteria for who he would choose as Vice President. The business mogul has indicated that he would select a political insider to form a balanced ticket.
On Feb. 24, during a sit-down at Regent University in Virginia, Trump stated that it was “too early” to announce any names on his shortlist for VP but signaled that he is surveying politically experienced candidates, CNN reports.
“I do want somebody that’s political, because I want to get lots of great legislation we all want passed, Trump said. “We’re going to probably choose somebody that’s somewhat political.”
The mogul hinted that he is even considering some of the presidential candidates that have competed against him in the GOP primary.
“Some of the people I’ve dealt with, I do have a lot of respect for,” Trump said. It would be unlikely that he would pick Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, all candidates that he has previously blasted as unacceptable for the presidency.
His central criteria is a VP who would be a “great president” should anything happen to him during his hypothetical term. The candidate added that “I’d want someone who could help me with governing. You want somebody that can help you with legislation, getting it through.”
Trump’s former campaign advisor, Sam Nunberg, told The Daily Caller that the business mogul would likely pick “either a military general, primary opponent or governor from a purple state.”
On Feb. 25, Newsmax’s Nick Sanchez speculated on potential VP picks for a Donald Trump general election ticket. Listed as the most likely was Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is currently vying for the presidential nomination.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose state would play a pivotal role in the general election, was also listed as a possible primary challenger that Trump could recruit.
Other possibilities listed were South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is “supposedly on a variety of vice presidential short lists,” but that option may be complicated if U.S. President Barack Obama nominates the governor to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a reported possibility.
Finally, television mogul Oprah Winfrey has been touted as a possibility. In June 2015, Trump himself said that he wanted her on his ticket and that they would “win easily.”