With Donald J. Trump now the presumptive nominee, there has been a lot of chatter lately about who he is going to pick for his VP spot. This is an important decision that has to be made as the VP choice can either make or break a Presidential campaign as it did with the Sarah Palin pick in 2008. Trump has said he wants someone with political experience who can help him get things done in Congress and help unify the Republican party. Here, we have layered out some potential top picks that would be strong choices for Trump to win in November.
5. Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of The House
Newt Gingrich is often seen on Fox News and has been a vocal supporter of Trump from the beginning. Although he has been out of politics for over a decade, Gingrich is a D.C insider who could help offset Trump's political know how. He mounted an unsuccessful presidential run in 2012, but was a very successful Speaker of the House during Bill Clinton's presidency in the 1990s. The downside is Gingrich is 72 and Trump is 69 so there isn't a lot of age diversity.
4. Bernie Sanders, Senator, Vermont
Clearly Bernie and Trump are on opposite ends of the political spectrum in most ways, but there is some overlap. Both have criticized free trade and have run on populous, anti-establishment messages. Trump has made it a point to covet Bernie supporters who are not so keen on voting for Hillary Clinton and has publicly said he thinks the system was rigged against Bernie and that he will use some of Bernie's old attacks on Hillary. If this move were to ever happen it would be the end of the Republican and Democratic parties as we know it, however, if those two ran together they would easily beat Hillary.
3. John Kasich, Ohio Governor
Kasich and Trump have stayed on decent terms for the vast majority of what has been a contentious primary with Trump attacking other candidates at all angles. However, him and Kaisch for the most part have stayed on good terms. Kasich is a very moderate Republican and is well-liked by the establishment and putting Kasich on the ticket could make anti-Trump republicans more comfortable voting for Trump in the fall. It would also likely get most of the establishment on board with Trump. Carrying a key swing state of Ohio is critical to winning the election and Kasich has very high approval ratings.
2. Kevin McCarthy, Representative, California
Kevin McCarthy is a name that many may not be familiar with, but he is the second highest member of the house right under Paul Ryan. He is a moderate, and like Kasich is well-liked by the establishment. He also would offer geographic diversity being from California. He is also only 51-years-old and this could help balance out the ticket. If working with Congress is Trump's top criteria, McCarthy having served in the House in a leadership position is the man for the job. McCarthy also didn't run so him and Trump have not insulted each other at all.
1. Marco Rubio, Senator, Florida
Marco Rubio, who Trump dubbed "Little Marco" while he was still in the race, is a no brainer here as the top choice for Trump to pick as his VP. He is moderate, only 44-years-old and is the poster child for the establishment. Additionally, he has strong name recognition and could draw out independents and moderate republican voters. They got along for the most part on the campaign trail until Marco and Trump started to insult each other back and fourth towards the end of Rubio's campaign. However, political adversaries have come together all the time for the good of winning. If Trump wants to build a coalition that will topple Hillary, Marco is his best bet for VP.
By Spencer Roush