Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is battling it out to clinch the GOP nomination but has already began mulling his potential pick for a running mate. The business mogul listed three candidates who are unlikely to accept the invitation.
On April 7, Trump sat down with USA Today to discuss his plans to pivot his campaign toward a general election race.
“There are people I have in mind in terms of vice president,” Trump said. “I just haven’t told anybody names.”
The GOP front-runner then listed Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
"I do like Marco, I do like Kasich… I like Walker actually in a lot of ways," Trump said. “I hit him very hard… But I’ve always liked him. There people I like, but I don’t think they like me because I have hit them hard.”
Trump admitting that he hit those three potential running mates hard could be an understatement. All three men entered the Republican primary hoping to become the next president, with Kasich still vying for the GOP nomination despite having a problematic lack of delegates.
Walker told local reporters in Madison, Wisconsin, that he literally laughed out loud when he heard that Trump had named him as a potential part of his ticket, according to Politico.
“It’s kind of interesting to hear that after the things that were said about me a couple weeks ago,” Walker said.
After Walker endorsed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas during the Wisconsin primary, Trump had blasted the governor’s record. Walker said it's "almost breathtaking that I was listed in the first place.”
On Apr. 11, Kasich sat down for a CNN-hosted town hall. Still contending for the presidency, the governor said he’d shoot down any offer of becoming second-in-command.
“I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president,” Kasich said, according to The Washington Times. “I would be the worst vice president the country ever saw. You know why? Because I’m not like a vice president. I’m a president.”
Rubio had one of the acrimonious battles with Trump on the campaign trail, the two candidates trading personal insults. The business mogul quipped that the senator “became Don Rickles for about four days, and then I became worse than Don Rickles.”
After losing the GOP primary in his home state, Rubio dropped his presidential bid. The senator told reporters that he was not interested in returning to the national scene, according to CBS News.
“I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president,” Rubio said.