There is a long list of Republicans who feel the Democratic front-runner will lead the party to disaster and they won’t consider running as Trump’s VP.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have all seemed to rule out joining Trump’s ticket, a New York Times report said.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have made clear their dislike for Trump and/or lack of interest in the VP job.
Senator Cruz said he wasn’t interested in being Trump’s VP.
Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) said he would never support Trump under any circumstances. On his Facebook page, Sasse claimed that while many who are backing the front-runner are “well-meaning,” he cannot get behind a candidate focused on “tearing down rather than building back up this glorious nation.”
Who would be his VP?
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Ben Carson told the Times they would consider a VP slot. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin are reportedly open to it as well. Huckabee is a question.
It’s not known if Sarah Palin is under consideration but she might not be the best choice after the way the media destroyed her last time. Who knows where Rand Paul stands. His father doesn’t support Trump.
Trump told the Times he wants a running mate with “a strong political background, who was well respected on the Hill, who can help me with legislation, and who could be a great president.”
At the time, he praised Kasich, Christie and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and said he was open a woman or minority running mate.
Trump is about 7 points behind Hillary in polls to date, according to real clear politics. None of the people who are willing to be the VP nominee are particularly strong vote getters.
Reps. Reid Ribble (Wis.), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) and Scott Rigell (Va.) are also refusing to back Trump.
Beyond the Capitol, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters after Super Tuesday that he won’t vote for Trump.
A number of prominent pundits are also vowing to not back Trump, including Fox News contributor Erick Erickson.
Others who won’t support Trump:
- Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.)
- Glenn Beck, radio host
- Michael Berry, radio host
- Max Boot, former foreign policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
- Brent Bozell, conservative activist
- Jay Caruso, RedState
- Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center
- Eliot Cohen, former George W. Bush official
- Former Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
- Steve Deace, radio host
- Rep. Bob Dold (Ill.)
- David French, writer at National Review
- Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief, Ricochet.com
- Jonah Goldberg, writer
- Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.)
- Doug Heye, former RNC communications director
- Ben Howe, RedState writer
- Former Rep. Bob Inglis (S.C.)
- Cheri Jacobus, GOP consultant and former Hill columnist
- Robert Kagan, former Reagan official
- Randy Kendrick, GOP mega-donor
- Matt Kibbe, former FreedomWorks CEO
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
- Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard editor
- Mark Levin, radio host
- Dana Loesch, radio, TV host and writer
- Kevin Madden, former Mitt Romney aide
- Tucker Martin, former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-Va.) communications director
- Former RNC Chairman Mel Martínez (Fla.)
- Liz Mair, GOP strategist
- David McIntosh, Club for Growth president
- Ken Mehlman, former RNC chairman
- Tim Miller, Our Principles PAC
- Katie Packer, chairwoman of Our Principles PAC
- Former Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.)
- Former Rep. Ron Paul (Texas)
- Katie Pavlich, Townhall editor and Hill columnist
- Brittany Pounders, conservative writer
- The Ricketts family, GOP mega-donors
- Former Gov. Tom Ridge (Pa.)
- Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee
- Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post conservative blogger
- Sarah Rumpf, former BreitBart contributor
- Mark Salter, writer and former aide to John McCain
- Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.)
- Elliott Schwartz, Our Principles PAC
- Tara Setmayer, CNN analyst and former GOP staffer
- Ben Stein, actor and political commentator
- Stuart Stevens, former Romney strategist
- Paul Singer, GOP mega-donor
- Charlie Sykes, radio host
- Brad Thor, writer
- Connor Walsh, former digital director for former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
- Former Rep. J.C. Watts (Okla.)
- Peter Wehner, New York Times contributor
- Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (N.J.)
- Rick Wilson, Republican strategist