In an appearance on Fox News Friday morning, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump confirmed that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was on his shortlist for running mate. Trump made the announcement on “Fox & Friends,” just before an appearance by Gingrich.
“Newt Gingrich is coming up in about an hour, should we tell him he’s on the shortlist for vice president?” host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump.
“Sure, why not? He’s a great guy, you might as well,” Trump responded.
“By the way, who else is on that shortlist?” co-host Steve Doocy then asked.
“Well, I’d like to tell you. You know what, Newt is such a great guy. He’s been such a great supporter and … he’s a fantastic historian,” Trump said.
“But he actually said that nothing like this has ever happened in the history of our country. It’s one of the great phenomenons of all time. I was watching him and I said, ‘really,’ it’s pretty exciting. He’s a tremendous guy.”
Doocy then tried to get him to confirm that Gingrich was on the shortlist.
“Absolutely,” Trump said. “I’ll say yes because he’s been such a supporter. Anybody that supports me is on the shortlist as far as I’m concerned.”
The comments about Trump’s VP “shortlist” begin around the 8:40 mark in the video below, but the entire interview is worth hearing:
Gingrich, a former representative from Georgia, was speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999. One of the architects of the Contract With America, Gingrich helped shepherd entitlement reform and budget cuts through Congress, in spite of the impediment of a Democrat president.
After leaving Congress, Gingrich ran for president in 2012, losing to eventual nominee Mitt Romney. Perhaps notable is the fact that billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has been reported to be donating up to $100 million to Donald Trump’s campaign, was a financial backer of Gingrich’s 2012 run.
Trump has said that he wants someone who can help him work with Congress. In that respect, there’s nobody better than Newt Gingrich — and his name on the shortlist has conservatives everywhere cheering.
H/T The Daily Caller
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