The Rushmore Report: Carson Announces Trump’s VP Short List

Ben Carson says Donald Trump’s list of possible running mates includes some awfully familiar names for anyone who has followed the 2016 presidential race: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“Those are all the people on our list,” Carson told the Washington Post. The retired neurosurgeon, who endorsed Trump after dropping his own presidential bid, said that while he’s a member of the presumptive Republican nominee’s vice presidential search committee, he has no interest in being considered himself.

Carson “understands he’s a lightning rod for controversy,” the newspaper reported, “and Trump doesn’t need help sparking fires.”

But just last week, one of those people on Trump’s short list – Palin – said that she doesn’t want to be a “burden” for Trump, either. “I just want the guy to win. I want America to win,” Palin said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“And I am such a realist that I realize there are a whole bunch of people out there who would say, ‘Anybody but Palin.’ I wouldn’t want to be a burden on the ticket, and I recognize that in many, many eyes, I would be that burden.”

And the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee may have hurt her chances of reprising that role in 2016 when she vowed to put an end to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s political career for not immediately endorsing Trump.

“His political career is over,” Palin said of the 2012 vice presidential nominee. “He has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support was not a wise decision of his.”

Christie, who has appeared alongside Trump at numerous campaign events since endorsing the real estate mogul, is seen by many as a shoo-in for a cabinet post in a Trump administration, though not necessarily vice president.

Rubio has said, “It’s not for me.” Kasich said, “Zero chance” for him. Cruz has not commented.

Can we take this short list to the bank? Let’s hear from the presumptive nominee himself. “I think I’ll probably go the political route, somebody that can help me with legislation,” he said a few days ago on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He said, “And somebody that can help me get things passed and somebody that’s been friends with the senators and the congressmen and all, so we don’t have to go the executive order route.”

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Dylan Stableford is a writer for Yahoo News. He is a business insider who enjoys writing on politics, and has established himself as an insider in the 2016 presidential nominating process.

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