Who will Donald Trump pick for VP? After perusing several websites, reading all the “experts,” and consulting his horoscope, I have narrowed the list to ten names. And we are prepared, two months before the Republican Convention, to name Trump’s final choice – even before he does. How do we know? Bill O’Reilly has revealed the secret.
First, the ten names: Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Rick Perry, Joni Ernst, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Condoleezza Rice, Rick Scott, Mary Fallin, and Jeff Sessions. Those are the names that top the most lists. I would add a few others, but there is no need, since O’Reilly already has the person for us. And this person is not on the list above.
Trump’s choice for VP will be [this is when your heart stops and you call all your friends] . . .
Susana Martinez. For those of you outside of Albuquerque, she is the governor of New Mexico. Let Mr. O’Reilly defend his pick: “There’s only one choice for vice president if Donald Trump wants to win the White House. Only one person. Do you know who that is?” the Fox News host asked former White House press secretary and current colleague Dana Perino during a segment on his show last week.
O’Reilly then dropped the name: “Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico.”
“That is the only choice if Mr. Trump, with all due respect, wants to be president. He must give it to the governor of New Mexico,” O’Reilly said, adding that the chair of the Republican Governors Association “cuts across all ethnic boundaries that he’s weak in, she’s very bright, she is a Republican conservative in a state that would go, you know, it’s not a lot of electoral votes, but if he can persuade Gov. Martinez to be on the second, that will help him immensely.”
Perino, who had suggested a “conservative Westerner of some sort,” did not seem sold. “It’s not a bad one,” she said. “But I don’t know if it’s a good fit.”
Martinez, however, endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio less than two weeks before the end of the campaign, suggesting in the same week that she would not commit to vote for Trump as the GOP nominee. She also supports comprehensive immigration reform, a position wildly at odds with Trump’s call to revoke birthright citizenship, deport millions of undocumented immigrants, and build a wall along the Mexican border.
Speaking at a dinner for New York Republicans last Thursday, Martinez struggled to grab attention, and on Monday canceled her speech for North Carolina’s GOP convention in May. Martinez’s spokesman cited a “scheduling conflict” as the reason for the cancellation, rejecting the idea that it had anything to do with the state’s recent controversial law banning transgender people from using the bathrooms or locker rooms that do not match their assigned gender at birth.
Gov. Martinez is not a well-known name, O’Reilly points out. But she is an independent thinker and would bring a curiosity to the ticket the other top names would not. Picking Susana Martinez would add so much to the ticket: a woman, a conservative, and a Hispanic. Mr. Trump has struggled mightily with all three groups.
So there you go. No more drama. The VP choice for Donald Trump will be Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico. Bill O’Reilly has spoken. What more do you need to know?