Now that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has declared Donald Trump the Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, officials are likely in a mad dash trying to do what they failed to do in the last election: attract voters of color.
Priebus, who after the 2012 election ordered up a report called the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” knows the Party cannot win the election without drawing women, African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics and LGBT voters. That task is made much harder with Trump, who has hurled insults at most of the groups, namely Mexicans, during his tumultuous candidacy.
But does Trump have an opportunity to attract voters of color by selecting a running mate of color or a woman? Here are five potential running mates and one wild card.
1.Dr. Ben Carson
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, quickly became a surrogate for Trump after withdrawing from the presidential race earlier this year, and could be a candidate for Trump. But Carson will likely sit on the committee to select a vice presidential nominee, Trump staffers said this week.
2. Herman Cain
Herman Cain, the former fast-food chain executive, was a Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential nomination, but dropped out after “allegations of sexual impropriety,” saying the charges cast a “cloud of doubt over me and this campaign,” reports the Los Angeles Times. But Cain’s selection as a running mate could be stymied by the allegations, which would surely resurface.
3. Artur Davis
Like Trump, Artur Davis is a Democrat turned Republican. The “former Alabama Democratic congressman and rising star who crashed and tried to regain his political swagger as a Republican,” according to the Washington Post, could help Trump woo unhappy Democrats.
4. Utah Rep. Mia Love
Mia Love “was a rising star two years ago when she became the first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress — as well as a symbol of the more diverse, inclusive party that GOP leaders said they needed to build,” reports Politico. Viewed as an asset to the Party, her candidacy could help Trump reach women and voters of color.
5. South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott
Tim Scott, the junior senator who in February gave his coveted endorsement to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, is viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party and could help unite the GOP after Trump’s fractious bid for the nomination.
6. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
Anyone who watched the acrimonious fighting and name calling between Trump and “Little Marco“ during the race knows that this is an unlikely union. But tapping Rubio (who dropped out of the race after failing to collect enough delegates) as his vice presidential running mate could likely help Trump win coveted conservative Hispanic voters.
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