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Trump Open To Appointing Kasich As His Vice President

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced May 4 he is open to appointing Republican John Kasich as his vice president.

"I would be interested in vetting John. I like John. I've had a good relationship with John. I've gotten along with him well,” Trump said in a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer.

"Whether John is vice president or not, I think he'll be very, very helpful with Ohio," Trump added, making reference to the fact Kasich is governor to the important general election swing state.

During that same interview, Trump reportedly learned for the first time Kasich had just dropped out of the race.

"That's good. That's good. You're just telling me that for the first time," Trump said.

"I think John is doing the right thing," he added.

Kasich has not yet responded to Trump’s remarks but in the past he has publicly criticized Trump’s rhetoric and policy proposals.

Trump has said previously he wants a vice president who, unlike him, has political and government experience so their network could help him pass legislation in Congress.

Yet many of the others Trump has implied he might consider as his running mate have so far declined.

"I have great respect for the will of the people, and as I have always said, I will support the Republican nominee for president," South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said in a statement. "While I am flattered to be mentioned and proud of what that says about the great things going on in South Carolina, my plate is full and I am not interested in serving as vice president."

Florida governor Rick Scott shared similar sentiments.

"Well, I predict Donald's going to have a big win, I like my job. I worked hard to get this job. I'm going to stay in this job," Scott said. "I'm going to finish this job, I've got two years and eight months to go."

Still, at least one least person so far has expressed interest in the position.

"I have not had any direct contact with Mr. Trump, but I would be very honored if I were to receive a call saying I need you to help make America great again," Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said.

Sources: CNN(2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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