Ben Carson offered up some interesting news over the weekend, giving the Washington Post a glimpse into the possible list of Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidates.
Trump has previously stated Carson would serve on a committee to help choose his VP pick: “I'll set up a committee, and that I will do soon. I think on the committee I'll have Dr. Ben Carson and some other folks,” Trump said.
Carson told the Post on Sunday that examples of individuals on the VP list included Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Chris Christie.
Aside from Kasich, these would all be disastrous VP picks—Cruz and Rubio are extreme right-wingers who would do nothing to help Trump bring more moderate Republicans on board, while Palin and Christie would simply be grossly incompetent.
The Washington Post later clarified that Carson had not meant these politicians were on Trump’s “short list,” only that they were being considered with others.
However, Trump took to Twitter late Sunday evening to dispel with the notion (as Rubio would put it) that he was choosing anyone mentioned by Carson.
The @washingtonpost report on potential VP candidates is wrong. Marco Rubio and most others mentioned are NOT under consideration.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2016
Carson has previously claimed that Trump was considering a Democrat or Independent for his VP pick, so it’s unclear whether he is actually receiving intel from the Trump campaign or simply fabricating stories.
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