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Newt, Christie Open to Trump VP Spot

Newt, Christie Open to Trump VP Spot
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By    |   Sunday, 01 May 2016 07:12 PM

In a sign of growing acceptance that Donald Trump is their likely presidential nominee, several Republicans said they would join him on the ticket, most prominently former House speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, The New York Times reports.

Other Republicans who have said they would consider being Trump's running mate include Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma.
Gingrich said that "If a potential president says I need you, it would be very hard for a patriotic citizen to say no. People can criticize a nominee, but ultimately there are very few examples of people turning down the vice presidency.”
However, a remarkable range of leading Republicans, including Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, are apparently doing exactly that.
They have been emphatic publicly or with their advisers and allies that they do not want to be considered as Trump’s running mate. This is a rare rebuke for a front-runner: Politicians usually signal that they are not interested politely through back channels, or submit to the selection process, if only to burnish their national profiles.
Several Republican consultants said their clients were concerned that Trump’s unusually high unfavorable ratings with all voters and his unpopularity among women and Hispanics could doom him as a general election candidate and damage their own future political prospects if they were on his ticket.
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