Now that Trump is the de facto Republican nominee for President, speculation has abound over his potential cabinet picks.
Who Trump will select to comprise his inner circle of movers and shakers will not only shape his time in office, but have a large impact on voters’ decisions come November.
It’s a key part of running for President and a business mogul like Trump won’t take those decisions lightly.
We’ve talked about Ben Carson’s role in the process. When he backed Trump last March he was made a part of the Trump’s selection team.
But apparently the former neurosurgeon isn’t that great in the limelight. He let slip several rumored selections.
Carson has now allegedly leaked Trump’s shortlist for his vice-president. The names are familiar.
Via Independent Journal:
According to Carson, those rumored to be potential candidates are: Ohio Governor John Kasich, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator, Ted Cruz, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Unfortunately for Trump, Christie appears to be the only candidate on the list who would be likely to take the job if offered. Kasich, Rubio, Cruz, and Palin have all said they wouldn’t accept the role.
Take this list with a healthy dose of salt.
Carson was recently removed from Trump’s selection team, replaced by campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. This list could be a rumor, a scrapped memo, or a complete work of fiction on Carson’s part. We don’t know what Trump is thinking (few do) until the man makes an announcement himself.
It’s very unlikely Kasich is in the running, considering he has a liberal tract record (supporting Obamacare) and only has sway in Ohio. Sarah Palin is certainly a non-starter, as she has sunk her political career in the years follow the 2008 election. Cruz is a possibility, but there’s still plenty of bad blood between the Texas Senator and Trump.
The only real viable choices are Christie and Rubio. Christie is another East Coast outspoken leader who will pair well with Trump. Rubio, on the other hand, is a charismatic figure, who can pull in more traditional conservatives.
All we can do right now is speculate. I believe Trump will make his cabinet choices clear well before the election, but expect plenty of surprises along the way.
Source: Independent Journal