A Decision Within Days? The decisions must be announced within the next 15 days. The mystery of the moment: Who will presumptive nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump select as their Vice Presidential running mates? The process typically ends with a wild daylong stakeout outside one of the homes of whoever is being considered.
The odds would appear to be on Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). But in recent weeks, arguments could be made for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
Over the last two weeks Warren has shown the type of energy and excitement at campaign events and on social media that Clinton desperately needs for her campaign. Another bonus to a Warren pick is that she clearly gets under the thin skin of Donald Trump. But Warren is in a state with a Republican governor in a year Democrats are looking to take over the U.S. Senate — that’s a large consideration when the battle for the upper chamber could come down to one or two Senators either way.
While many assumed early on that Christie would be the likely vice presidential selection for Trump, Gingrich’s name will not go away. The downsides of Gingrich are obvious: he has decades of baggage that includes shutting down the government. He could also help the Clinton campaign kill the “back to the future” problem it has after the latest blunder by former President Clinton after his private plane meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.