Trump advisor Roger Stone confirms that Donald Trump's VP pick will be either Mike Pence, Chris Christie, or Newt Gingrich, and offers some hints about Trump's reasoning. (relevant portion beginning at 13:00)
"What you want is someone solid, dependable, and effective as a campaigner," Stone said. "And knowing Trump, I would add a couple other critera. He does not want a globalist, he does not want someone who belongs to the Council on Foreign Relations, he does not want someone who is part of the Washington-New York elite."
(Newt Gingrich is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations)
ROGER STONE: When one looks at this from an historical point of view, in all honesty, with the exception of LBJ, no vice presidential running mate in recent history has had any real impact on the race whatsoever. Americans don't vote for a vice president, they vote for president. Johnson is unique because of the voter theft of Texas and the burning of 95,000 Nixon/Lodge ballots in Dallas County alone, tipped that state to John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Other than that act, it is really difficult to point to any example where the VP candidate mattered.
As former President Nixon told me, 'don't look for somebody that can help you, just find someone who does not hurt you. Don't look for someone who can pull in a big state, no one can pull in a big state.'
The historical track recor of that seems to be true, in 1948 Tom Dewey was running against Harry Truman. Way out front, the prohibitive frontrunner. He took California governor Earl Warren for Vice President. Warren was on of the most popular politicians in the country and one of the most popular governors in California history. PS, Harry Truman carried California and won the election.
This whole idea that there is somebody that brings you a big state or somebody who is a plus, they are a plus by not being a minus. You want someone who is surefooted, who is good on the attack, who can make the partisan attacks on your opponent. Someone who is well-versed in public policy, who voters feel could step into the top job, if God forbid, something should happen to the president. But beyond that don't be looking for some home run, because it probably isn't a home run.
What you want is someone solid, dependable, and effective as a campaigner. And knowing Trump, I would add a couple other critera. He does not want a globalist, he does not want someone who belongs to the Council on Foreign Relations, he does not want someone who is part of the Washington-New York elite. And that is who he will pick. Even if I were 100% sure of his choice right now, it is not up to me to announce it right now, but I have told you as much as I possibly can and through the process of deduction, I think most of your listeners will be able to figure out who it is.