- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’s looking at “about 10” contenders to be his vice presidential nominee, including “two generals.”

“Well, I’m actually looking at 10 people, and three or four called me up — very big names, Senate and governors and all, and they want to be considered, and we’re looking very, very strongly,” Mr. Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News.

“We have about 10 people — some names that haven’t surfaced yet — who have actually called me,” he said. “A lot of people are calling me that you wouldn’t even think about. They want to have their name thrown into the hat, and we’re going to look at some people.”

Asked about the prospect of tapping someone with military experience, Mr. Trump said: “I like the generals. I like the concept of the generals. Actually, there are two of [them] that are under consideration.”

“Really, we’re looking to go more the political route in terms of getting legislation passed, which is what they do, and I think, frankly, we don’t want to do the executive orders like Obama’s been doing,” he said.

“[I’ve] really been thinking more in terms of the politicians, but we’re looking at two generals,” he said.

Mr. Trump said Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is “terrific” and that Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is a “terrific guy.”

Mr. Corker, who appeared with Mr. Trump in North Carolina on Tuesday, appeared to take himself out of the running Wednesday, however. And Ms. Ernst told Politico she made clear to Mr. Trump that she’s “focused on Iowa” and said she feels she has a lot more to do in the Senate.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another possible candidate, is scheduled to appear with Mr. Trump at a campaign event later on Wednesday in Ohio.

“Newt is Newt, you know — great guy,” Mr. Trump said. “Tough and smart, and just a fantastic guy.”

Mr. Trump also called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who he also met with recently, a “great guy.”

Mr. Trump also called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a “great guy,” and he also offered praise for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who Mr. Trump said has a strong following among evangelical Christians.

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