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Trump Meets with Potential Vice Presidents

Joni Ernst and Iowa Governor Mike Pence

 

Joni Kay Ernst is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from Iowa, elected in the November 2014 election, defeating Democrat Bruce Braley. She previously served as a Republican member of the Iowa Senate from 2011 to 2014 and was also a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard prior to retiring

There was no rest for the weary during the Independence Day holiday on Monday, Donald Trump seems to have named three Republican politicians as his possible vice-presidential pick at the party's national convention in Cleveland later this month.

"The only people who are not interested in being the V.P. pick are the people who have not been asked!!" Tweeted Trump.

Nominated were first-term Iowa senator Joni Ernst, the first-term Arkansas senator Tom Cotton – like Ernst a military veteran – and the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence. Trump spent time with Pence and his family on Sunday and was due to meet Ernst in New Jersey on Monday. "Spent time with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and family yesterday. Very impressed, great people!" tweeted Mr. Trump.

Ernst was endorsed by the Tea Party and won her Senate seat in 2014, running an infamous ad featuring a boast of growing up "castrating hogs on an Iowa farm" and the promise that once in Washington she would "know how to cut pork", thus making "big spenders ... squeal". In 2015, she delivered the Republican response to Barack Obama's State of the Union address. "I look forward to meeting @joniernst today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!" Trump tweeted.

George Will, in resigning from the Republican party over the Trump nomination, was asked to respond to a Trump tweet denigrating Will. "Trump enjoys a significant advantage over me, because any though he has can be expressed in less than 140 characters," said the columnist.

Thomas Bryant "Tom" Cotton is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from Arkansas. A member of the Republican Party, Cotton has served in the Senate since January 3, 2015.

Thomas Bryant "Tom" Cotton is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from Arkansas. A member of the Republican Party, Cotton has served in the Senate since January 3, 2015

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and attorney who is currently serving as the 50th Governor of Indiana, taking office in 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented Indiana's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013 and served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.

Pence was mentioned as a possible candidate for President of the United States in 2008 and 2012. In September 2010, Pence was the top choice for president in a straw poll conducted by the Value Voters Summit.

Meanwhile, Trump's latest controversy involved decorating a photo of Hillary in a Star of David (that's a six pointed star), with language in the star talking about how money had corrupted her. "Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff's Star, or plain star!" tweeted the presumptive Republican nominee.

 

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