On Wednesday, Newt Gingrich formally endorsed Donald Trump for President and didn’t rule out the possibility of being Mr. Trump’s running mate.
“Let me start by saying…I endorse Donald Trump. I’m going to work very hard for the Republican nominee”, the former speaker of the House said to Fox News’ Sean Hannity last Wednesday night.
Gingrich, who ran for president in 2012, said he didn’t get involved in the 2016 presidential race previously because he said John Kasich is “a great friend of mine” and he said “Ted Cruz ran a great campaign.”
According to several sources, Donald Trump has discussed selecting Gingrich as his running mate in recent days. Trump told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he had narrowed the list down to five or six people, but said he wouldn’t disclose who his final choice is until the Republican National Convention in July.
When asked about being Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Gingrich replied “Well, I would certainly talk about it,” he said. “I wouldn’t turn it down automatically.”
Gingrich was recently critical of Speaker Paul Ryan, saying that it was a mistake for the Wisconsin Republican to say last week that he wasn’t ready yet to support Trump.
As of today, Trump has 1,133 delegates, only 100 delegates away from reaching the 1,237 needed to reach the nomination.