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A senior Trump campaign source said Wednesday that the campaign's early favorites for vice president are now New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
And Trump, in an interview with CNN on Wednesday, added another name to the list: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is expected to drop out of the race Wednesday afternoon.
One governor who said she was "behind Donald Trump 100 percent" was Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
"I have not had any direct contact with Mr. Trump, but I would be very honored if I were to receive a call saying I need you to help make America great again," Fallin said in a statement regarding the VP speculation.
Trump begins weighing VP options
Washington (CNN)Donald Trump praised Sunday the idea of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin serving as his running mate.
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, a Trump supporter, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Fallin would be a great choice.
"I think you're going to see something different. I think what he will do is he won't go with the norm that you pick a battleground state and you pick somebody from that state or a rival candidate," he said. "I think he's going to say, 'Who can help me get the job done?' and I think he needs some balance, and I like Mary Fallin for that reason."
Trump: Oklahoma governor as VP is 'great' advice
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that allows ministers to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if such marriages conflict with their religious beliefs.
Fallin said Friday that the law will protect the constitutional and religious rights of Oklahomans.
The law says no licensed, ordained or authorized official of a religious organization can be required to solemnize or recognize a marriage that violates that official's conscience or religious belief.
Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill allowing Oklahoma ministers to refuse to perform gay marriage
H.R. 1838 (111th): To amend the Small Business Act to modify certain provisions relating to women’s business centers, and for ...
... other purposes.
Replaces the five-year projects for the benefit of small businesses owned and controlled by women with a three-tiered program of five-year (first tier), three-year (second tier), and three-year (third tier) projects, with each tier commencing after the previous tier is being completed. Allows the maximum award of assistance ($150,000) for first-tier projects that possess the capacity to train existing or potential business owners in the fields of green technology, clean technology, or energy efficiency. Revises matching funds requirements for all projects. Authorizes appropriations.
On Wednesday, Gingrich told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that he'd listen if Trump wanted to talk to him about it, but he figures he has a "1000 to 1" chance of being picked.
But Gingrich has several suggestions for Trump, and many of them are women, as "it's obvious you look at it and you're trying to beat Hillary Clinton, you at least think about whether or not that's who you want."
"Gov. [Susana] Martinez in New Mexico is a very effective, creative person," said Gingrich, also naming South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin as other potential picks.
Gingrich: '1,000 to 1' Chance Trump Picks Me for VP
originally posted by: introvert
a reply to: Profusion
I was wondering who could look good next to Trump. I think they look great together.
Sadly, you highlight the unfortunate depth most people have when choosing our leaders. Looks are more important than substance.
Ernst is the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress and the first female veteran—from any state—to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Ernst served as a lieutenant colonel in the logistics branch, commanding the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Camp Dodge, the largest battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard. Upon her retirement from the military in 2015, Ernst had served 23 years between the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. She spent 14 months in Kuwait in 2003–04 as a company commander during the Iraq War.
Ernst received widespread attention for a campaign advertisement she released in March 2014 where she employed a tongue-in-cheek comparison between her experience castrating pigs and her ability to cut "pork" in Congress.
She has advocated eliminating the Department of Education "not just because it would save taxpayer dollars, but because I do believe our children are better educated when it's coming from the state."
Ernst has expressed her support for allowing law-abiding citizens to "freely carry" weapons but abide by rules against carrying in public buildings like schools. In February 2013, Ernst co-sponsored a resolution addressing "the Iowa General Assembly's refusal to recognize or support any statutes, presidential directives, or other regulations and proclamations which conflict with the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and which are expressly preempted by the rulings of the United States Supreme Court”
As an Iowa state senator, Ernst co-sponsored resolutions concerning state nullification of federal law. One such bill asserted that Iowa could ignore any federal laws which "are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment,"