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Early Veep Choice Could Mainstream Trump’s Campaign

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Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

If Donald Trump wants to revive his faltering campaign he should make a bold move and offer the Vice Presidential nomination to Paul Ryan – even with the understanding that the House Speaker probably won’t accept it. The gesture of honoring Ryan in this way would make it clear that Trump wants to cooperate with his party’s most important leaders from now on rather than constantly confronting them.

If Ryan respectfully declines, Trump could choose another figure to mainstream his candidacy – like Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Nikki Haley of South Carolina or John Kasich of Ohio.

Reports say Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich top current lists of potential running mates but these two failed presidential candidates bring an abrasive style and histories of scandal that mirror Trump’s own.

Polls show some 40% of Republicans still want another candidate for President but a reassuring veep choice before the convention could help unify the party.

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  1. Nani  •  Jun 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    The problem with choosing Paul Ryan is that Paul is "establishment". Trumpettes want someone to stick it to the man; they don't want to win. I thought this was obvious.

  2. Rich  •  Jun 24, 2016 at 10:20 am

    It is pretty foolish to recommend a candidate choose a running mate who will likely publicly turn him down. Excellent campaign advice! Maybe Trump could be correct regarding the Brexit vote and contrast his position with those of Secretary Clinton and President Obama and time an overseas visit to coincide with the historic vote. Seems pretty smart to me. You might want to stick to just radio broadcasts.

  3. Ted  •  Jun 25, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Looks like MIke has reached the bargaining stage in the Kubler-Ross model for accepting the death of the Neocon New American Century… Good work Mike, you're getting there. At least you didn't offer up David French. Then I'd know you were still stuck in the denial stage with the anti-kreskin, Mr. Irrelevant himself Willy Kristol. If the senile Norman Bates of the Senate Warmonger McCain goes down to defeat without getting fundng for his AL Nusra head chopper buddies in Syria, Kristol may get to the anger stage and his boy wonder cabin boy Senator Blanche Dubois from South Carolina may have to have a fainting couch ready….

    • Franco  •  Jun 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Ted, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  4. Ted  •  Jun 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Mike knows exactly whys it means. May God help you learn satire…

  5. Rizzo  •  Jun 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Ted… Franco is correct. You will be awarded no points.

  6. Susan  •  Jun 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    This is precisely the kind of politics-motivated suggestion that is RIDICULOUS for a leader like Donald Trump. Especially when there are FAR more appropriate, able, and conservative men of integrity he has to choose from.

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