Mark Halperin Identifies the Favorite For Trump’s VP Pick: ‘He’s the Best Brawler in American Politics’


After a crushing win in the Hoosier state Tuesday night, Donald Trump‘s path to the Republican party nomination for President has never looked so clear. His closest rival Ted Cruz has officially suspended his campaign, and the only other candidate still technically in the running — Ohio Governor John Kasich — is, at best, a punchline in the cable news talking points this morning.

The conversation now shifts to who Donald Trump will select as his Vice Presidential running mate to tag along into the general election, a situation that is as bizarre as it is unlikely. After all, the Trump Train has essentially been a moving freight express on the campaign trail with only one seat reserved for the driver, and little to no indication that Trump can even play well with others. But as Trump himself identified in numerous morning show interviews Wednesday morning, he is in the process of considering a handful of candidates, and MSNBC’s Mark Halperin identified the favorite in that contest.

While Halperin mentioned that choices like former Defense Secretary Robert Gates or former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, “would fundamentally change the race,” they both pale in comparison to the top dog:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“I think Christie’s the favorite,” he said. When asked what the former GOP candidate would bring to a Trump ticket, Halperin noted, “[He’s] a brawler who can take on the Clintons. They have to make her as unacceptable as they’re gonna try and make Trump and I think Christie, he’s the best brawler in American politics.”

People have long suspected that one of the political maneuvers behind Christie’s baffling early endorsement of Trump was the potential to land a cabinet position in the possible administration. Given Christie’s prosecutorial background and expertise, many have thought that the New Jersey Governor would make a great Attorney General. During a New Hampshire campaign stop in February, Christie told a restaurant crowd, “You know the last person [Hillary Clinton] wants to see on that stage in September? You’re looking at him.”

He continued, backed by his usual Jersey bravado, “Man, she sees a federal prosecutor on the stage, I’ll beat her rear end on that stage. And you know what? After I do, she’ll be relieved because she’ll just be worried I was going to serve her with a subpoena.” Shortly after dropping out, Christie endorsed Donald Trump on February 26, a move that was met by head scratches across the political media landscape.

The only question remaining is this: can the Air Force Two speaker system handle all the Bruce Springsteen that Christie will need to keep himself entertained?

J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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