Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was labeled by Charles Krauthammer on Friday as the pundit’s leading pick to be the running mate of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, said Corker will be meeting Monday with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City
Krauthammer used a hypothetical pot of $100 in casino chips to make his point, putting $25 on Corker, $20 on former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., $20 on Ohio Gov. John Kasich, $10 on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and $5 on Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. The rest went to “the field,” Krauthammer said, acknowledging, “I have no idea.”
Corker has “a bit of gravitas” and “spoke well” of Trump’s late April major foreign policy address, Krauthammer said.
Corker is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Neither his office nor the Trump campaign would comment for the record about Corker’s chances of being Trump’s running mate.
However, the Washington Post reported that Trump “deeply appreciated the effusive support from Corker, especially at a time when others in the party were sharply critical.”
The Post reported that the two men have remained in touch on a friendly basis.
“Both men consider themselves to be deal-makers and Republican mavericks,” the Post reported.
Corker would fit the parameters Trump laid down for his vice presidential choice. He has said he wants “somebody that can walk into the Senate and who’s been friendly with these guys for 25 years, and people for 25 years. And can get things done. So I would 95 percent see myself picking a political person as opposed to somebody from the outside.”