Donald Trump revealed Thursday that Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Tom Cotton are "high on the list" when prompted by radio host Hugh Hewitt to say whether one of them could be his running mate this fall.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee confirmed that the two high-profile Republicans likely would be considered "for something," although Trump wouldn't go so far as to say what role, if any, either might play.
"I do have a lot of respect for those two guys," Trump told Hewitt, according to a transcript of the show
. "But I have a lot of respect for others, also."
The former reality television start wouldn't divulge who else he's considering for significant roles in the campaign or later should he win the White House.
Arkansas Sen. Cotton, a rising star in the GOP who Trump called "a very talented guy," announced his support for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in January, according to the Chicago Sun Times
Cotton, a former Army Ranger who served in combat and graduate of Harvard Law School, declined to pile on Trump as many high-profile Republicans mounted a chorus of criticism of the neophyte candidate last winter. Cotton, the youngest U.S. senator at 39, avoided making any early endorsements in the GOP primary, according to Politico
New Jersey Gov. Christie, a one-time Trump rival for the GOP nomination who turned Trump supporter in February, was previously named by Trump as his choice to lead his transition team should he win the White House, according to The Wall Street Journal
Christie was one of the first establishment Republicans to support the real estate mogul, having endorsed him in February before the New Hampshire primary, as reported by CNN
. Back in September, 2013 Christie came under fire for his possible involvement in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The controversy continues to plague him to this day.
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