Trump narrows the field for a running mate
Newt Gingrich is “actively lobbying” to be Donald Trump’s running mate, a source familiar with the process told CNN Saturday.
The source added that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is very high on Trump’s VP list and is getting the “full vet.”
But Pence isn’t actively lobbying for the job because it’s not his style, the source added.
And retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is also being considered as a Trump running mate, but the source said it is “not clear how intensely,” an indication the general is on the list but may not get the final nod.
Sources have also said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an active surrogate for Trump, is not yet out of the running.
He will campaign with Trump in Virginia on Monday, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said.
Earlier in the week, Gingrich told Fox News that if asked, he would serve as Trump’s vice president.
“If Trump offers the position and is serious about it, which I think he would be after our conversations, listen, I would feel compelled to serve the country,” Gingrich told Greta Van Susteren.
The statement was a pivot for Gingrich: days earlier at the Aspen Ideas Festival, he called talk that he would be selected “wild speculation,” saying that even if he were to be chosen, he would have to have a “very, very long talk” with his wife, Callista, and then “another long talk” with Trump.
In April, Trump praised the suggestion from South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, of Mary Fallin as his running mate.
Bauer said, “I think you’re going to see something different. I think what he will do is he won’t go with the norm that you pick a battleground state and you pick somebody from that state or a rival candidate,” he said. “I think he’s going to say, ‘Who can help me get the job done?’ and I think he needs some balance, and I like Mary Fallin for that reason.”