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Donald Trump Rules Out a Democrat as a Running Mate

• May 6, 2016 8:59 am

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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump ruled out Friday on Fox News that he would consider a Democrat as his running mate.

Co-host Pete Hegseth asked Trump the question after surrogate Dr. Ben Carson said that Trump was considering the possibility.

"I would rule him out. Or her out," Trump said. "I want to have, we want to have a great ticket. The Democrats have been there for a long time, the economy is terrible. The real unemployment rate is probably 20 percent. It could even be higher than that. It's a disaster. Jobs are leaving, you look at Carrier, you look at so many companies they're leaving. No, I'm going to pick a great Republican and we're going to have a tremendous victory. We're going to win."

Trump said that he would not disclose who he was considering because he did not want to embarrass them. He took the time to say those who have come out publicly to say that they have turned down the vice presidency were not actually being considered.

Carson told The Wall Street Journal that he was not interested in becoming Trump's Vice President but that he would consider a Democrat or an independent.

"Yes," Carson said. "We would consider people who are Americans and who put America first."

Prominent Republicans such as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have said that they would not consider being Trump's vice president. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) told CNN Thursday that he was not ready to get behind Trump and his platform.