Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has steadily emerged as one of Donald Trump’s go-to defenders, igniting speculation that he could be a potential running mate to the billionaire.
Now the former Georgia congressman is unequivocally saying he’s open to that possibility.
Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, as well as Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, said in interviews that they would consider joining the ticket if Mr. Trump offered. Two governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, have also told allies that they were open to being Mr. Trump’s running mate.
“If a potential president says I need you, it would be very hard for a patriotic citizen to say no,” Mr. Gingrich said. “People can criticize a nominee, but ultimately there are very few examples of people turning down the vice presidency.”
Trump dropped a few hints on who he was eyeing for the slot in the same piece:
He declined to discuss potential picks in any detail, but he briefly praised three governors as possible contenders — (Ohio Gov. John) Kasich, Mr. Christie and Rick Scott of Florida — and said he would also consider candidates who were women, black or Hispanic. (A spokeswoman for Mr. Scott said he was focused on being governor.)