With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton neck-to-neck in the polls, the right VP pick could be what pushes either candidate towards victory.
There’s much speculation currently that Elizabeth Warren may be Hillary Clinton’s vice president. I personally place a 1/64 probability on that happening, and think Warren will leave behind a trail of tears if skipped over.
As for Trump – he’s apparently leaving that one up to his supporters (at least for now)
Donald Trump on Saturday turned to his supporters for advice on who to pick as his running mate in the general election.“Everybody wants to know who I’m going to choose for vice president. Who do you like?” the presumptive Republican nominee asked the crowd at his rally in Tampa.
Among the names offered: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Trump held a hand to his ear and pointed at various supporters for the suggestions. Rice seemingly got the loudest applause.
“I’ve never done this before, this is fun,” Trump said. “We have a lot of good people, you’ll be happy.”
Gingrich and Sessions in particular have been the subject of media attention when it comes to Trump’s VP pick. In fact, the betting odds indicate that those putting their money with their mouths are think the same.
As CNN notes however, “Gingrich has been floated as a potential vice presidential pick, but speculation swirled that he would no longer be considered after Gingrich unleashed on Trump over his recent racial criticism of a U.S. federal judge.” His odds have fallen from roughly 25 percent to 15 percent since those comments.
Whoever he does end up picking, it most certainly will be an improvement over Hillary’s.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]