Donald Trump has discussed in recent days the possibility of selecting former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich as his running mate, according to people familiar with the talks.
Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been asking confidants for input on Gingrich as a potential pick, including during conversations Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Trump told the Associated Press that he has narrowed his running-mate list to “five or six” candidates, and has named campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to head up the vetting process “with a group” of staffers.
“Trump needs a VP who will sing from the same hymn book he does on the campaign trail, pacify conservatives and can pull the right levers of power in D.C. to get things done once in office,” said Ford O'Connell, former campaign adviser to 2008 Republican nominee John McCain. “Gingrich, without question, fits that bill.”