As Donald Trump has jumped into his presumptive GOP presidential nominee pantsuit, many members of the party are cringing at Trump Republicanism and his diluted version of the Grand Old Party — not to mention the idea that he may actually become the president of the United States of America. As a result, plenty of Republicans have preemptively rejected Trump's potential offer of being his running mate. There are at least a dozen various members of the GOP who have shot down the idea of a vice presidency under Trump, which will make the coming months of this election very interesting to watch.
Realistically, these rejections simply make the choice easier for Trump, since he isn't the type to beg for someone to join his team. He'll likely choose someone who hasn't snubbed the very notion of his White House run. After all, Trump has stressed loyalty to his cause in the past, so his VP pick will prove faithful to his presidency, should that occur. In any case, there are many candidates who will certainly not make Trump's list. Here are 13 big names who've already said they wouldn't be Trump's running mate.
Martinez said she has no interest in being Trump's vice president not once, but multiple times. She was considered a potential pick to help increase his favorability with women and the Hispanic community.
I think I like Graham's response best: "That’s like buying a ticket on the Titanic." He clearly admires Trump's abilities a great deal. (Not.)
Haley said she is not interested in being Trump's running mate.
Chris Schrimpf said on the Ohio governor's behalf: "Never. No chance." Well that's fairly straightforward.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott made it almost evident that if the role were offered his way, he would turn it down. He told Erin Burnett, "I like my job. I worked hard to get this job. I’m going to stay in this job," though he would not openly admit whether or not he would 100 percent decline the office. He preferred to pass on that question.
After openly endorsing Trump, Carson says, "I wouldn't want to be a distraction" as far as involving himself in the vice presidential mix is concerned. I'm honestly not sure what he even means by that. He also once said that he's up for the task, so who actually knows with him?
Sally Bradshaw, a senior adviser to Bush, only laughed when she was asked about a Trump/Bush ticket.
Sen. Jeff Flake said that he wouldn't join unless Trump retracts his ban on Muslims.
The junior senator, who is up for reelection in South Carolina in the fall, has also shown a distaste toward the higher office. After all, he's still running for his own office. One thing at a time.
She's not waiting around by her phone for Trump's call, as she put it. She also had not endorsed anyone since Jeb Bush, so Trump may not have much luck with her.
"Rob is not interested in anything but continuing to serve Ohio in the U.S. Senate," his campaign manager Corry Bliss said in a statement.
According to Ed Goeas, a longtime adviser to Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor "has a visceral negative reaction to Trump’s character."
Some strong opinions from many conservatives. America will just have to wait and see who Trump chooses to join his squad.