As the Republican convention nears, the process of vetting and picking a running mate has received wide attention and speculation.
I recent days, the smart money had Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich as the leading contenders, in fact it was supposed that they were the final two contenders, with Gingrich given the edge.
Now we learn that it may not be so cut and dried after all and we are learning it from the candidate himself!
The New York Times picks up the story…
One person briefed on the process, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that the campaign began vetting Ms. Ernst in recent days as a possible vice-presidential pick.
So who is Joni Earnst?
Ms. Ernst is a retired National Guard lieutenant colonel and a veteran of the Iraq war. Her military background could help Mr. Trump given his lack of foreign policy experience or national security experience. The fact that she is a woman could also help Mr. Trump with a group of voters with whom he currently polls poorly.
Source: NY Times