And the Vice Presidential nominees are…

It’s vice presidential selection time! Or, more accurately, it’s let’s-guess-who-the-vice-presidential-selections –will-be time!!! Anyone can be correct…for the moment anyway because no one really knows for sure.

Here are my guesses: for Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich. For Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine.
Moving on…

OK, why do I think those

Hillary Clinton is not a risk-taker and putting a woman on the ticket with her is a risk, otherwise she might go for Sen. Warren from Massachusetts who clearly is a good campaigner and, short of putting Bernie Sanders on the ticket, gives her the best access to the Bernie Voters. But Kaine is a safer choice. He’s been a governor, a senator, is well regarded. He won’t outshine her, as Sen. Warren might.

Donald Trump is a nut. He could pick Big Bird and it wouldn’t surprise me (much). If he’s talked about selecting someone who’d be a breath away from the presidency, I haven’t heard it. He’s talked about someone with Washington experience. A safer choice for Trump might be Gov. Pence of Illinois. He has his peccadilloes but he has held the right offices and has the D.C. experience Trump claims he wants.

But Newt. Oh Newt! Newt’s been pretty loyal to Trump. He certainly gets being a flamboyant personality and is capable of saying the craziest things in politics. Well, until Trump came along. Lord help us if he ever really became president, but if Trump becomes president, I hope we already have the Lord’s attention.

So, I’m going for Newt and Pence. Come to think of it, that might be a better ticket to vote for this year.

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Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.

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