Dr. Ben Carson should probably have learned one lesson in politics by now — loose lips sink ships.
In a profile in The Washington Post, Carson may have just leaked out the top names on Trump’s vice presidential shortlist. According to the profile, Carson was traveling with a reporter when he disclosed who the top choices were.
“Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate turned unfiltered pitchman for Donald Trump and now part of the presumptive nominee’s vice presidential search committee, sat in the back of a Town Car with his wife, Candy, on his way to a televised interview. He had just explained to the reporter riding along that he wanted no role in a Trump administration when news arrived of a new poll naming him as the best liked of a list of potential running mates,” the profile read.
“‘Who else was on the list?’ he asked quietly, maintaining his usual inscrutable calm. The most favorably regarded contenders after himself, he was told, were John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie.
“‘Those are all people on our list,’ he said.
“‘Well, not you,’ Candy reminded him sharply.”
I can’t imagine why. He’s really good at keeping secrets!
Of course, the list may not be canonical. Rubio has more or less taken himself out of the running (reportedly after the campaign had crossed him off the list) and insiders have said Kasich is considered “too quirky” for Trump to get along with.
Plus, it’s hard to fathom that after months of referring to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted” and intimating he might not even be eligible to run, that Trump would pick Cruz.
In addition, Newt Gingrich — widely reported to be the front-runner for the position — was not on the list.
We’ll see what happens. One thing’s for sure, though — Ben Carson definitely keeps things interesting.
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