Gingrich, Christie are the leading candidates to be Trump’s running mate

by Robert Costa and Karen Tumulty  |  published on July 1, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign has begun formally vetting possible running mates, with former House speaker Newt Gingrich emerging as the leading candidate, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But there are more than a half dozen others being discussed as possibilities, according to several people with knowledge of the process.

Given Trump’s unpredictability, campaign associates caution that the presumptive Republican nominee could still shake up his shortlist. But with little more than two weeks before the start of the Republican National Convention, Gingrich and Christie have been asked to submit documents and are being cast as favorites for the post inside the campaign. Gingrich in particular is the beneficiary of a drumbeat of support from Trump confidants such as Ben Carson.

A number of senators — including Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) — are also being reviewed as viable picks, although the extent to which they are being vetted is unclear. A longer shot on Trump’s radar is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a heavyweight on the right who could bolster Trump’s tepid support among some conservative activists.

But Pence is immersed in his reelection race and Trump is said to want a more electric politician at his side rather than a low-profile figure. Most of his primary rivals are reluctant to sign on, and tensions with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) remain raw.

  • Ann

    I think he’d pick up more fence sitting democrats if he picked a woman as his VP. Why not KT McFarland (she certainly has more knowledge about foreign affairs, which would add to his appeal) or Mia Love (Tea-party votes are needed if he wants to win)?

  • CharlieSeattle

    Nooooooo! Gingrich and Christie are e/GOP RINO Neo-Cons that will drive away independents and minorities. Gingrich and Christie will only attract the elitists and globalists that Trump supporters DO NOT LIKE!!!!!!!!!!

    Carson can draw off minority support from Clinton. Gingrich and Christie can not do that.

    ………………………………….Trump/Carson 2016

  • Ray

    Two people from NE would be a disaster

  • Allison Sims

    I agree, Christie is a lack-luster choice! My cousin is a conservative from Jersey, and she said he’s awful. He only ran for President because he really wants to be Attorney General. Vice President material NO No NO.

  • Vangie Martinez

    No on Gingrich he is a Judas, Yes on Senator Sessions.

  • Donnie Buchanan

    Newt is a very smart man, but he has questioned Trump’s actions before so I don’t think it will be him. I believe Sessions will be the VP pick. They hold almost the same ideology of America first and also about immigration and the 2nd Amendment. Sessions is a good man and would be a great asset to Trump.

  • Jack L. Feasel

    I vote for Newt Gingrich hands down.

  • DrBillLemoine

    Yes, let’s see Trump put one of these two crooks on his ticket. They may be experienced pols but they are also, respectively, a philanderer and under indictment for Bridgegate. At least we know their sins; Nixon picked Agnew who we only discovered a crook after the election. Today we can vote against these crooks in November. Imagine the message we send to the world and our children/grandchildren with a Trump-Gingrich or Trump-Christie election.
    With Gingrich we can rise to the top through bluster and promises and let our peers rejected us on performance in office and we can screw around on our spouses and still rise to the top of the nation. Or, we can face pending criminal and civil charges for screwing those who oppose us in elections by shutting down basic services (roads and bridges) to make their life difficult. God help us if any of these three are elected in November. We’ll get what we deserve.
    Just as an aside, in 1968 I predicted that ‘Pink Lady’ killer congressman wannabe R. M. Nixon running for and elected president would continue his crooked ways in office. I was slammed by my American Politics professor with the lowest grade I ever got in graduate school because he was a RMN supporter. We actually watched election returns in class on election night. I protested that he was biased as a republican and Nixon supporter and he became clear eyed giving me a decent grade, but not the A+ I deserve on hindsight. I’m predicting the same today with Trump, that if he’s elected we’ll see a continuation of the corner-cutting, jay-walking, lying and deception with false praise that his business deal making has perfected in service to himself while in the top office. We could even walk away from national bond holders, stiff trading partners, try crooked attacks on friends and foes alike in economics and cybersecurity. This guy is glib and very bad news. Mark my words.

    • ezekiel22

      You accuse Gingrinch of being a philanderer yet ignore Bill Clinton and his enabler wife of doing the same and worse as in rape. Yeah I have been around. Try being a bit more even handed next time.
      You also mention people using political influence to their advantage. I have seen you okay with others doing this merely calling it politics when it was dems doing it. Be fair. Clintons are infamous for the exact same thing. That so called accidental meeting between Lynch and Clinton is innocent? Admit it two lawyers are so stupid that they could not foresee issues of influencing two felony investigations? Even I know better!
      You alluded to strongly our legacy should Trump get elected. Imagine our legacy should Clinton get selected when all the evidence shows she is a scofflaw guilty of multiple felonies. Not only being investigated for violating national security laws but also RICO statutes and influence peddling. RMN who you hated would be envious of her.

      • DrBillLemoine

        Clinton and Gingrich aren’t in the same category. Serial marriages and the philandering in between isn’t what Bill was indicted for. And he was never elected to anything again like Gingrich potential might be. BTW no rape was ever charged to Bill. You are blowing smoke there.
        Analyzing details distinguishes republican and democrat influence peddling. Unlike you evidenced by your posts over time, I drill down to particulars and make my statement(s). I won’t provide illicit motivations to two ‘lawyers’ and friends meeting by chance at an airport. You are the conspirator here.
        There is no ‘all the evidence’ against Hillary as you state. Are you ignorant of 9 investigative committees finding nothing illegal? Your ‘evidence’ is right wing theories proven false many times. RMN was a proven crook with a history of it.

        • ezekiel22

          Doc please! I listened to the reporter who broke the story concerning Lynch and Clinton. You should too since you drill down to particulars. Not. If you had you would know what the ABC reporter said. No conspiracy here just facts.
          You do not know much about Bills past suggest you read up to keep up.
          I could have mentioned the Benghazi reports but I did not. I specifically mentioned emails and a RICO investigation. They are still in the works and the FBI is pissed at the politics and veiled threats. If you were to drill down past what you are told to parrot and read actual official documents with signatures you would be outraged at what is being done. Maybe you should give the Bushes the same credit you give Cankles and Slick Willy. BTW LBJ was just as big a crook as RMN plus a racist to boot.

          • DrBillLemoine

            Once again you allude to, you mention in passing, you skate right past what you say is first hand news. You never ever dwell on those facts maybe because they don’t support your vision of reality. I’ve seen it consistently with you and other right wing posters. It’s not enough just to state something; you must justify it, and you/they don’t. Let’s, for once, have a direct statement of your beliefs instead of the ‘dodge’ of smearing my direct statements and me. I indict you personally for this sin of reporting information and failure to analyze to any degree what you ‘hear’ or ‘see’, let along synthesize to a valid conclusion. Maybe you can’t but it’s still dishonest reporting/essaying.
            LBJ was a great American president who grew up among the poor, was himself quite poor as a youth, and did something about it. That he might use what is to us today, negative vocabulary, he still did something and Americans are better off for it. If you got your negative slant from the recent cable documentary about LBJ, it was realistic and not what you are calling ‘crooked’ at all and hardly racist dealing with a racial problem positively. At every turn you prove my point here with myopia and partisan slanted/twisted interpretation which most of the world rejects.

    • Francis

      Excellent comments! I agree! Donald Trump would be one huge disaster for our country. I don’t believe he’ll be nominated. Way too much dirt! Ted Cruz is the right guy for the job. Ted has an excellent chance, especially since he has the most delegate support, and also because his delegates are remaining steadfast and totally loyal to him. Get ready for President Ted Cruz 2016!

      • DrBillLemoine

        You jump from frying pan into the fire. Cruz was elected by sleazy tactics. He has alienated his peers in the Senate. He shut down government with his actions. A nasty man in the mold of ‘dealmaker’ Trump. Delegate count doesn’t reflect his honesty and justice in any way. BTW isn’t he foreign–a Canadian? lol

    • freeeagle777

      Hey Mister , don’t you believe that cheating by a woman ( Mrs. Clinton ) with another woman ( Janet Reno ) constitute cheating ??

  • HadEnough

    No, Christie has some “Questionable Issues” — The establishment tried to Bribe Trump into accepting Gingrich for VP. They want to use Gingrich to keep Trump “In Line” !! — Thankfully Trump Rejected the Bribe. They can’t get it through their head that ‘he cannot be bought’.

    • pmbalele

      Now I am asking AG Lynch to vet all FBI now investigating Hillary. I am told some are TPs and Repubs. Lynch should not accept an investigation done by GOP operatives. These can skew the report against Hillary. So Lynch should now appoint a new team to start over. After the investigation is waste of tax-payers’ money. Trey Gowdy and John McCain sponsored the same investigation spending $20 mi. They came out with nothing. Now FBI are going to spend another $20 mi for the same investigation. And you young lady want to reduce the federal deficit. Forget the deficit now. Please vote for Hillary instead.

  • KayO

    Not interested in Christie. He’s too wishy washy.

    • skipsart

      And a major RINO to boot!

  • Born in the South and proud

    Newt or Jeff Sessions, either are a great choice. Only downside if Sessions is offered the VP slot is that we lose a strong very conservative vote in the Senate.

  • Jean Langford M.


  • carpkiller

    He picks Christy and he will loose.

    • Glenda Jordan

      Exactly! Trump & Frump…..Frump adds nothing! Hope the Donald xx frumpy off his list real quick.

    • Just1Saddletramp

      If he picks either one, he will lose. Both have too many negatives

      • Jessicacarndt2


      • Wolfrunner

        Both are better than Killary .

  • uhptony

    Can’t wait to see a debate between Newt and the lying squaw Warren. Newt will make a complete fool of her. Heck, he has forgotten more than she has ever known, knows or will know. TRUMP & GINGRICH 2016

    • skipsart

      Too bad there wouldn’t be a debate between Newt and Hillary. That would be fun to watch indeed.

  • Tiger

    Gingrich sat on the couch with Pelosi on O care. Smart man yes but like an elephant I never forget past offenses by these people. His wife also nothing to write home about.

    Christi no way. Schmoozed O. No way.

    Sessions fantastic man, fights the RINO all the time, has really made some bold moves to tell it like it is.

    I like Pence also. He best be careful.

  • FLChristyB

    Gingrich is a great choice! He is smart and has proven that he can work to get things done in Congress.

  • Phil Esposito

    I’ll take Newt!

  • texexpatriate

    Why would that fat slob Christie—a man who may as well be a Democrat!—even be considered for a VP candidate? Gingrich, yes, he would help win the Presidency.

    • HadEnough

      I agree about Christie, he has ‘Questionable Issues’ — The establishment tried to Bribe Trump into accepting Gingrich as VP —
      they wanted to use Gingrich to keep Trump “In Line” — Thankfully, Trump rejected the Bride. They cannot get it through their heads that he “cannot be bought”.

      • pmbalele

        Wait a minute. Did I read somewhere that Trump may be picking Bernie for VP. But I wonder how they would get along.Bernie is not that much on building an electric wall in the south to kill all Mexicans trying to cross the border here; but that is Trump policy; Bernie is not in the Trump camp to ship all illegals to S. America to split families of children born here by illegals; but trump will ship out 11 illegals and their American children to be sold to poachers; Trump says he will invite only rich Arabs who are mostly Muslims; I have not heard Bernie inviting rich Arabs here; Bernie wants women to be free with their bodies; but Trump will jail all women who commit abortions. Trump will want a new wife probably another model like Gingrich; Bernie wants his wife as long as both live. So forget Trump/Sanders ticket. But you can bank on Trump/Newt ticket for both want avoid wrinkled women for new fresh models.

        • HadEnough

          pmbalele, Complete, Total, Ignorant, Liberal HOGWASH !$%
          Don’t Reply, I Won’t Read it.

          • pmbalele

            Yes, you will. I love when you read my posting. I am born-again Christian. Trump better picks Bernie – for he as morals. Trump will kill his campaign if he picks Newt a woman chaser. Well, I know women in Repub and TP parties are slaves of males there. But the whole country will be run by women chasers-Trump and Newt. These hate wrinkled women. They will have access to many new girls through their government positions. You remember Newt dumped his wife on cancer operating table. Newt will have another chance to see fresh women. I hope you won’t work for them. They will be looking at your behind.

          • HadEnough

            pmbalele, Heaven Help Us. You Are One Sick, Uninformed, Wacko Liberal. You Certainly Don’t Sound Christian.

          • freeeagle777

            What only the Clintons can chase ??
            I mean Mrs . Clinton chasing Janet Reno of course …

          • Voting for Killary the barking B ach is like inviting the middle east to move into your country . Hope you loose your head first infidel !

          • pmbalele

            Welcome back. I hope your husband won’t see what you’re writing about this gentleman – me. Please vote for Hillary and you and your husband will feel good.

        • freeeagle777

          Now everyone knows what the PM stands for …
          Pree – Menstrual !!

          • pmbalele

            Please do not say menstrual in public. That is the language Trump used on Megan Kelly-bleeding from what-ever.

          • freeeagle777

            didn’t know you were a Trump follower ….

          • pmbalele

            No. I cannot be in Trump wagon. I am voting for Hillary on November 8. I will vote for Trump after Hillary 8 years in the WH.

    • Retired

      Gingrich is also one of the old establishment Republicans that was no help in defeating Obama. To bad there is not a strong woman in the party.

Google Analytics Alternative