While just two months ago, a Donald Trump presidency may have seemed out of the realm of possibility, polls continue to suggest otherwise. Now, the latest polls take that a step further, with a solid majority of likely Republican voters seeing Trump as the GOP nominee.
With that in mind, the next natural question to ponder of course is, who would Trump pick as his running mate? Yes, it’s early, with the first primary more than six months out, but even so it’s difficult to resist the temptation to imagine the possible combinations.
And, as The Daily Mail reports, early as it may be, we may already have some clues to whom the candidate is eyeing on this front.
Leading Republican candidate for the White House Donald Trump hasn’t officially begun scouting running mates – the first primary is still six months away.
Two of his 2016 competitors come to mind for the position, however: Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.
Trump’s campaign said he has ‘cordial’ relationships with both men based on ‘mutual respect.’
An ex-aide to Trump, Roger Stone, was also seen meeting with Carson’s campaign chief Jake Menges yesterday in New York. Stone says he did not set up the meeting at the behest of Trump, however.
Trump has openly praised Cruz and Carson, telling NH1 after he was asked about possible running mates, ‘I like Ted Cruz. I like Dr. Carson. They’ve been very supportive of me.’
He’s also said he’d like to have Oprah at his side.
‘I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah,’ Trump said in a June appearance on ABC News. ‘I think we’d win easily, actually.’
Trump said last week that he’d ‘consider’ sticking a woman on the ticket, as well.
‘I am all for the concept. It would have to be the right person, and I’m not going to go into who that would be right now,’ he said told the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘But I have great respect for women. I have great respect for women who are executives in my company. I have great respect for women’s judgment.’
A Washington outsider like Trump, Carly Fiorina has been suggested as someone who fits that bill.
The Carson campaign did not return DailyMail.com’s request for comment on the matter, but Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who hails from Baltimore, Maryland, and has never held political office before, either, has said he’d likewise consider adding Trump to his team should he become the nominee.
‘All things are possible. Absolutely,’ he said during an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto earlier this summer after complimenting Trump as ‘a very smart’ and ‘fun guy.’
Cruz met with the billionaire businessman last month in New York City, and a senior adviser to Trump told DailyMail.com the two had planned to visit the United States’ border with Mexico together in July.
A scheduling conflict -Senate votes – prevented the Texas senator from hosting Trump, however.
A spokesman for Cruz says the lawmaker proposed the border trip during their meeting at Trump Tower in New York.
‘We were talking about immigration and then Ted said to Mr. Trump, “you should come to the Texas border. Be my guest and we’ll go together,” ‘ spokesman Rick Tyler told the Washington Post.
A sources close to Trump told the Daily Beast says that the Republican politicians talk on the occasionally and have gotten together four other times aside from the Trump Tower visit.
Cruz has had nothing but praise for Trump throughout the campaign and is backing his immigration plan. He said yesterday on the Michael Medved radio show that he too believed that 14th amendment’s guarantee of automatic citizenship should be limited to children who parents are legal U.S. residents.
‘I welcome Donald Trump’s immigration proposal. Virtually every element in the proposal he submitted is contained within legislation that I filed years ago in the Untied States Senate.’
Of Trump’s candidacy, Cruz said, ‘I’m glad he’s in the race and he manages to attract a lot of attention and actually to force the media to talk about issue that the media should have been talking about, in particular illegal immigration.’
So, what do YOU think? If Donald Trump becomes the GOP nominee, who do you want to see as his running mate?