For those of us placing bets on who Trump’s pick for vice president will be, the list has just been narrowed down.
Ben Carson is a brilliant neurosurgeon, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t susceptible to a political mistake here and there. As the Washington Post reported, he just might have stepped in it a bit and accidentally leaked Donald Trump’s short list for vice presidential picks.
Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate turned unfiltered pitchman for Donald Trump and now part of the presumptive nominee’s vice presidential search committee, sat in the back of a Town Car with his wife, Candy, on his way to a televised interview. He had just explained to the reporter riding along that he wanted no role in a Trump administration when news arrived of a new poll naming him as the best liked of a list of potential running mates.
“Who else was on the list?” he asked quietly, maintaining his usual inscrutable calm. The most favorably regarded contenders after himself, he was told, were John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie.
“Those are all people on our list,” he said.“Well, not you,” Candy reminded him sharply. That the Trump campaign might want their potential VP picks held close to the vest didn’t seem to occur to Carson.
And there’s even a blast from the past on the list; Sarah Palin. If Trump picks Palin, would Hillary pick Biden?
I also can’t help but wonder if Hillary Clinton will start referring to Rubio as “little Marco,” and Cruz as “Lyin Ted,” if they’re selected.
Interestingly enough however, the betting odds on this election still gives a 30 percent chance that Newt Gingrich will be the VP, while everyone Carson listed has below a 7 percent chance. Perhaps gamblers haven’t adjusted their bets yet in light of Carson’s “tell.”
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @Mattpalumbo12]