Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for the US presidential election. He will therefore need a running mate, a companion, someone who will stay with him smile during hard times. Here is a subjective guide of the potential running mates that were quoted in the press.
The People Who Might Help Him
In theory, the former senator from Massachusetts is the nicer and brighter version of Trump. He is a distinguished and moderate Republican, who also knows how to speak to blue collar people, without necessarily rattling on Muslims and Mexicans. In practice, Scott Brown had a little trouble winning elections lately and seems relatively idle at this time. It could give a burst of respectability (which would be welcome) to Trump and, unlike him, he can boast of a real military experience.
Unpopular in New Jersey and subjected to limiting the number of mandates that prevents imagine next year, the governor of “Bridgegate” has little to lose by getting involved with Trump. He is also willing to let the real estate magnate get into embarrassing situations, this as you might expect, is a major asset to Trump’s eyes. But without doubt he is also the most “serious” candidate likely to appear alongside Trump. You can say what you want to Christie, but he was prosecutor and governor of a densely populated state. Christie could be a sufficiently experienced asset to stabilize the office.
On May 10, the senator from Tennessee was done waxing pumps by an “anonymous source” in Politico. From this source, Corkers experience in business is that he founded his own company and build-conformism, which would make him a good vice president. As consensual and fiercely conservative Republican and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, it is true that Corker would be a good option for Trump. He is also relatively old (63 years), popular in his home state, Tennessee, and could therefore do a great job.
The senator from Iowa, elected in 2015 under the banner of the Tea Party could appeal to Trump supporters who accuse him of not being a “real” Republican. In the end, some of his rightist positions could put off some of the voters which Trump will need to win the presidential election, but if it does it will not be harmful either.
According to the polls that I could find, the former mayor of New York has not completely lost his glowing reputation gained in the aftermath of Sept. 11, despite years of problematic decisions, electoral failures and bitter tone. Politically, he fits well with Trump and is known to be pugnacious on the issue of abortion and the rights of sexual minorities.
The former Texas governor has made a big belly for president, but he has the kind of CV -a government experience, militaires- stripes that Trump likes. He also said the job of vice president interested him.
The senator from Alabama has already agreed with the Trump campaign as an advisor for foreign policy and is not against the idea of accepting the position of vice president. His character is not boisterous, but he can count on the support of the conservative media and was the first senator to officially be appointed by Trump.
People Who Could Help but Wont
Widely regarded as the most admired man in America, Cage will bring seriousness and foresight to Trump, who badly needs it. Unfortunately for Trump, and the United States, Cage is now probably very busy and probably will not have time for the campaign.
The good doctor remains in the heart of many Republican voters and might even succeed in subjugating a few trumpophobe diehards. Carson and Trump is the perfect match. Two ostensibly successful men who engage well against their policy, driven by the urgent need to save a country from the clutches of political correctness and incompetence of its leaders. The downside is that, like Trump, Carson is a pathological liar in series prone to exaggeration. A Trump-Carson ticket would be the most trumpienne possible alliance.
The Governor of New Mexico also has a big mouth and is not very insightful. In other words, in her style, she is a good trumpienne. She is also appreciated in her home state and she is a woman of Mexican descent, this is a big advantage for a candidate whose rate of opinions is favorable in women and non-whites. The big minus? She is clearly within the scope of a federal investigation for the sake of secret funding, which would not look the best if ever Trump seeks to criticize Hillary Clinton on the front of his troubles with the FBI.
As a Canadian I usually don’t get involved in US politics but I just couldn’t help myself here lol.