As the Republican party continues trying to come to grips with the fact that billionaire businessman Donald Trump is closing in on the party’s nomination for president, a question was raised at an event this week about whom Trump might choose as a running mate, should he clinch the nomination. According to a report from The Hill, at an event on Capitol Hill this week, a woman senator floated the notion that Trump should choose a woman to be a running mate. U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, the only woman panelist onstage at the event, spoke candidly when a question about Trump’s VP pick was asked, a query that other male lawmakers dodged. “I would suggest a woman, because some of the remarks he has made about women are not going to help him appeal to some of the 53 percent of the voting populace that are women,” Lummis reportedly said. “I think it would bring a lot to his ticket if he were able to do that.”
Trump’s anti-woman rhetoric has dogged him throughout his campaign, beginning with his harsh words for Megyn Kelly following the first Republican debate in August — and polls show it’s taken a toll on his favorability ratings among women. Lummis had a couple of suggestions for the frontrunner to consider. She said former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would make for a solid choice, and said Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire would be good for his ticket as well. Ayotte, however, said she didn’t even listen to Trump’s much-talked about foreign policy speech this week, and despite Trump’s domination in the New Hampshire Primary, she has shied away from offering him any public support.
In light of Lummis’ remarks, The Hill interviewed several other influential Republican lawmakers on what woman Trump should choose as a running mate, and a bevy of names came up, including those of several current senators, a sitting governor, and a U.S. Rep. who is retiring at the end of 2016.
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