Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said he will pick his running-mate in July and that he's looking for someone with solid political chops.
"I’m more inclined to go with a political person," Trump told The New York Times on May 4. "I have business very much covered."
"I would like to have somebody who would truly be good with respect to dealing with the Senate, dealing with Congress, getting legislation passed, working toward something where we're not signing executive orders every three days like President Obama does," Trump told ABC News' Good Morning America.
Trump has not mentioned any names, but pundits have speculated that his most visible surrogates, including Newt Gingrich and Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, could be on the list.
Gingrich, a skilled political hand from his days as the Republican Speaker of the House during the Bill Clinton administration, has praised Trump a great deal during the Republican primary.
On May 3, he told Fox News that the billionaire's new campaign operative Paul Manafort is helping to get Trump on the good side of Washington politicos.
"I know that with Paul Manafort's relationship they have been reaching out to all sorts of folks in Washington," Gingrich said. "I heard the other day Trump say some very positive things to Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader. The way you do this is largely humans talking to humans. I think there is a potential for Trump to bring people a much larger tent. This will be a much bigger Republican party three months from now."
Gingrich added that he believes Trump has the potential to be a great "anti-left" leader.
"He is against political correctness," Gingrich said. "He is against bureaucracy. He places American nationalism first which I think we desperately need. I’m tired of being told we have to have phony agreements and phony efforts.”