Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy:
Trump's Conflicts of Interest
Featured Series: Trump's Conflicts of Interest
Donald Trump's international web of businesses creates unprecedented potential for conflicts of interest and corruption. And some picks for his administration might have to face their own...

Donald Trump's Shortlist Of Potential VP Picks Just Got Shorter

GOP Sens. Bob Corker and Joni Ernst said they're taking a hard pass at Trump's VP spot.

Joni Ernst, Bob Corker, Nikki Haley, John Kasich, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich. It appears Donald Trump’s shortlist for VP picks is getting shorter.

GOP Sens. Bob Corker and Joni Ernst announced Wednesday they are taking a hard pass at the opportunity to be Trump's right-hand man or woman.

Both politicians shared at least one similar reason for their decision: They're really busy doing other great stuff. 

Iowa Sen. Ernst told Politico: "Iowa is where my heart is. And I'm just getting started here."

Tennessee Sen. Corker told The Washington Post, "There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things."

Despite being denied twice in a day, it appears Trump's feelings aren't hurt too badly. He told Fox News: "I'm looking at 10 people. Three or four called me up, all want to be considered."

One of the 10 likely being considered? Newt Gingrich. The former House speaker was expected to join Trump at an Ohio rally Wednesday evening.

And Gingrich certainly has the political background that Trump has repeatedly indicated he's looking for. 

Despite that pro, there is at least one obvious Gingrich-related con. He's been a loud critic of the businessman before. Gingrich recently denounced Trump's remarks about a federal judge presiding over his Trump University cases.

Regardless, Trump is running out of time to circle one name on that VP list. He's expected to announce a running mate before the Republican Convention, which kicks off July 18.

This video includes clips from Donald J. Trump for President Inc., C-SPAN and YouTube / Joni Ernst, and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music. 

Featured Stories
Mike Pompeo and Rex Tillerson

Pompeo Confirmed For CIA Head, Rex Tillerson Approved By Senate Panel

People on the National Mall.

Supporters, Detractors Describe Hopes For Trump's Presidency In 1 Word

Donald Trump signs a memorandum.

With The Stroke Of A Pen, Trump Pulls The US From The TPP

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Presidential Election Coverage