Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants a running mate with political experience and bureaucratic savvy. The business mogul said his criteria for a vice presidential pick would be the opposite of himself. He wants a Washington, D.C. insider.
On April 12, Trump sat down for a New York City town hall hosted by CNN, CBS News reports. The GOP front-runner said that if he attains the party nomination, he would like an experienced politician on his ticket.
"I want to have somebody that can deal with Congress, that gets along with Congress, that’s a Washington person," Trump said, according to CBS News.
The business mogul explained that he would not be selecting an outsider who mirrored his unique credentials.
"I’m a business guy. ... You don’t need two like me,” Trump said.
"I know most of these politicians," Trump added. " … I have a lot of respect for a lot of the politicians, but I would certainly want that to be a political position."
Trump had previously hinted at three different Republicans as his potential running mates; two he had beaten in the GOP primary and one who continues to compete with him for the nomination: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.
"There are people I have in mind in terms of vice president," Trump had told USA Today. "I just haven’t told anybody names. … I do like [Rubio]. I do like Kasich. … I like Walker actually in a lot of ways.”
Walker has endorsed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for the nomination and told reporters that he literally laughed out loud when he heard that Trump had mentioned him as a vice presidential possibility.
When asked about the potential of running with Trump, Kasich responded there was "zero chance" of that happening.
"Look, I am running for president of the United States, and that’s it," Kasich told CBS's "This Morning" on April 12, according to USA Today.
Rubio swiftly shot down Trump’s hypothetical offer, telling ABC News, "I’m not going to be the vice president."
During the New York City town hall, Trump admitted that the three names he had originally proposed were unlikely to accept.
"Here’s the problem," Trump said, according to CBS News. "I’ve beaten them very, very harshly. I like them as people. … Now, could they be involved in some form in the government? Yeah, absolutely they could. I don’t necessarily think for a vice president."