Carson reveals shortlist of Trump potential vice presidents
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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, which were all Trump’s rivals in the presidential race, as well as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, were “are all people on our list,” Carson told Washington Post.
Carson made the announcement in response to a poll that had named him as the best liked among a group of potential Trump vice presidential selections.
Carson, who bowed out of the race in March and endorsed the New York businessman, said he wanted no role in a Trump administration.
The revelation of the list came as a surprise to many as Trump had attacked all but one of the people on it.
Trump became the party’s presumptive nominee after his last remaining challengers, Cruz and Kasich, both suspended their presidential bids following their defeat in the Indiana primary election.
Prior to that, the two candidates had formed an alliance to keep Trump from clinching the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the nomination.
Trump called the alliance “pathetic,” saying it signaled the weakness of his rivals.
"You know, if you collude in business or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail," Trump said. "But in politics - because it's a rigged system, because it's a corrupt enterprise - in politics, you're allowed to collude."
Trump had also launched attacks against Rubio, calling him a “corrupt, all-talk, no-action” candidate.
Palin, on the other hand, endorsed Trump in January and was always viewed as Trump’s favorite running mate, a post she has said she would not consider.
“I want to help and not hurt, and I am such a realist that I realize there are a whole lot of people out there who would say 'anybody but Palin,'" said Palin, who ran along failed Republican nominee John McCain in 2012.