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Trump escalates running mate rumors by tweeting nice things about Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and Indiana Governor Mike Pence

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst

Donald Trump tweeted niceties at both Sen. Joni Ernst and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today, furthering vice presidential speculation.

The presumptive GOP nominee also swatted at media reports that have plagued the veep stakes, suggesting that a number of well-respected Republicans have no interest in running as Trump’s vice president.

‘The only people who are not interested in being the V.P. pick are the people who have not been asked!’ Trump tweeted.

CNN broke the news yesterday that Ernst is in the running to be Trump’s vice presidential pick.

Ernst was elected to the U.s. Senate less than two years ago and was known for her highly creative campaign ad ‘Squeal,’ in which she talked about castrating pigs as a little girl.

‘So when I get to Washington, I know how to cut pork,’ Ernst cheerfully delivered.’

Trump said he was meeting with the Iowan today.

‘I look forward to meeting Joni Ernst today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!’ Trump tweeted Monday morning.

As of yesterday it wasn’t clear whether she had received official paperwork from the Trump campaign or operatives were simply looking at information about the senator that is publicly available.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Pence, the governor of Indiana, are all being formally vetted, the network’s source said.

Pence met with Trump over the weekend in New Jersey to see if the two of them might make for a good political marriage.

‘On a scale of 1-10, it was a 9,’ one source told CNN of the meeting’s success, with Trump inviting Pence to stay for golf.

Trump echoed the sentiment this Fourth of July morning.

‘Spent time with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and family yesterday. Very impressed, great people!’ Trump wrote.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski named a number of positives when it came to Pence.

‘He’s the type of person who can help unite the party … he has a number of years of Washington, D.C. experience. He was part of leadership there,’ Lewandowski outlined.

‘He’s gone back and served as a chief executive of a very important state, a state Donald Trump is going to need to win in order to be successful in this election,’ the former campaign manager, now working for CNN, added.

Gingrich has publicly admonished Trump on several occasions, including Saturday at the Aspen Ideas Festival when he said, ‘Trump’s job is frankly to quit screwing up.’

Lewandowski suggested that Trump would still be open to having Gingrich on the ticket.

‘I think Mr. Trump is very open to getting all the opinions available to him,’ the former top campaign aide replied, noting that ‘what you have in Newt Gingrich is someone who tells it like it is.’

A trio of Ernst’s colleagues are also being considered including Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, according to CNN.

And there’s another woman getting some attention too – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

Former South Carolina Lieutenant Gov André Bauer, a Trump supporter, argued Sunday on State of the Union that Fallin would be Trump’s best pick.

‘It balances the ticket, someone who has executive experience and legislative experience and she’s shown she can get things done as well,’ Bauer told CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Keilar noted that Fallin would likely need to up her name recognition before being added to the Republican presidential ticket.

‘I think ya’ll would do that for her,’ Bauer replied.




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