It may seem a bit early for Donald Trump to be talking about potential vice presidential running mates, but with a double-digit lead, the Republican front-runner needs to start considering who would share a Trump ticket.
Surprisingly, sources say that Trump might not be looking that far beyond the 2016 Republican field. People close to the Trump campaign say that neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Texas Sen.Ted Cruz are the two top candidates for the position should Trump be nominated.
Trump has said that he has “cordial” relationships with the two men based upon “mutual respect,” making the pairings more likely.
In addition, former Trump aide Roger Stone has apparently met with Carson’s campaign manager Jake Menges in New York City.
Stone issued a dubious denial, saying that he no longer works for Trump and that the meet-up was merely because Stone believes in “citizen action.”
“I love him. I love him,” Stone said of Trump, “but I’m not working for him.”
“I answer only to myself,” Stone added.
When asked about possible running mates, Trump has also mentioned Sen. Cruz, telling reporters that “‘I like Ted Cruz. I like Dr. Carson. They’ve been very supportive of me.” (H/T Breitbart)
Cruz has also been one of the few Republicans to actively step up for Trump against the Republican establishment.
“(A)n awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican candidates, have gone out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick. Now I think that’s just foolish,” Cruz said.
Carson has also praised Trump, in addition to sharing Trump’s emphasis on tough immigration policy.
A Trump-Carson ticket would be unique, in that it would be the first major party run in recent memory to involve two people who had not been involved with electoral politics prior to their presidential campaigns.