Hours after former Alaska governor endorsed him, GOP frontrunner dodges running-mate inquiries on “Today”
Will we see a Trump-Palin ticket in 2016? Not so fast.
Just hours after Sarah Palin passionately endorsed Donald Trump for president, the business mogul dodged repeated questions about whether he would consider the former Alaska governor for vice president.
“I don’t think she’d want to do it,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday.
Trump was doing a televised victory lap to tout his high-profile endorsement, but he found himself doing some political jiu jitsu as he tried to deflect anchor Savannah Guthrie’s repeated questions about the possibility of tapping the one-time VP candidate as a potential running mate.
“She’s been through that,” Trump said. “As far as Sarah is concerned, never asked me about that, never asked me about anything else, just wanted to support.”
When Guthrie pressed him, Trump responded with another diplomatic answer. “You know, I really don’t get into it right now. That question is always asked to me, who do you have in mind, and I don’t even think about VP right now,” he said. “I just want to win. I’ve always been a closer.”
Trump, however, didn’t rule out giving Palin another job in his administration.
“She’s somebody I really like and respect, and certainly she could play a position if she wanted to,” he said.
Palin was pulled from semi-obscurity as a young governor of Alaska and rose to national fame when GOP presidential nominee John McCain picked her as his running mate in 2008.
She’s since become an influential figure in the conservative Tea Party movement.
Palin endorsed Trump on Tuesday at rally in Iowa, delivering a rambling 20-minute speech filled with trademark Palin-isms like “pussyfooting’,” “hallelujah” and “you betcha.”