The real estate mogul has boasted about his business chops, insisting he would be a strong president for the economy, jobs and the military while conceding that he could benefit from a vice president with congressional connections and experience to help pass his agenda.
On Thursday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee set the odds that his running mate will be a former rival, suggesting during an interview with CNBC that there is “probably a 40 percent chance” that his veep will be one of the 16 candidates who ran against him for president.
He’s already said he’s willing to consider Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. And while Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Paul LePage of Maine have suggested they’re open to joining Trump’s ticket, here’s who isn’t — or at least, so they say:
1. Rob Portman
His campaign manager said the vulnerable incumbent Ohio senator has no interest in Trump’s Vice President slot.
“Rob is not interested in anything but continuing to serve Ohio in the U.S. Senate,” Corry Bliss said in a statement. “He will continue to do what he does each and every day: wake up determined to get results for Ohio families.”
2. Nikki Haley
The South Carolina governor said in a statement Wednesday that she’s flattered to have her name mentioned but isn’t interested in being on Trump’s ticket.
“To the members of the press who are asking, while I am flattered to be mentioned and proud of what that says about the great things going on in South Carolina, my plate is full and I am not interested in serving as vice president,” she said.
Despite reports suggesting otherwise, Trump told Fox News on Thursday she was never under consideration.
3. Ben Carson
The retired neurosurgeon told Fox News Radio on Wednesday that the businessman shouldn’t pick him as his running mate because of how the “left-wing media” would react. Carson, who will be on Trump’s selection committee, said Trump should choose “someone who really is willing and able to take a significant part of the load.”
It's critically important that all Republicans come together in order to beat Hillary Clinton.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) May 6, 2016
“I represent everything that they are against, and there would be so much attention on that and I think it would just distract from what needs to be done,” Carson said.
4. Rick Scott
The Florida governor worked hard to win his gubernatorial election against Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist — he won the tight race in 2014 by just 1 percentage point — and he wants to maintain his seat.
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) April 27, 2016
“I like my job,” Scott told CNN on Wednesday. “I worked hard to get this job. I’m going to stay in this job.”
5. John Kasich
Trump has said the Ohio governor would be helpful in winning the key swing state, adding Wednesday that he “could certainly consider him” before walking that back.
“I’m not sure that John even wants it, but I think that it’s unlikely that it’ll be John,” Trump said. “I mean, I do have a good view of him and I do have a good opinion of him, but I think it’s probably unlikely.”
In any case, Kasich has vehemently denied having interest in the position, going so far as to say in February that “he would be the worst vice president anybody could ever imagine.”
“I’d be worse than Biden. Because I’m my own man,” he said. “I’m not going to take orders from these people. It’s not what I do. It’s not who I am.”
6. Joe Biden
The Democratic sitting vice president doesn’t exactly meet Trump’s criteria. But he joked with Central American leaders on Wednesday that he has a feeling Trump will choose him as his running mate.
Following laughter, he added, “I have nothing serious to say.”
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