The New York Post has an exclusive that Indiana Governor Mike Pence was not Donald Trump’s first choice of running mate, and had to be convinced by his children to select Pence as his VP.
Trump wanted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to be his running mate, and even formerly offered him the spot.
From The New York Post:
“Trump cares about who’s the most loyal and who kisses his a– the most, not who’s the most qualified and what’s the best political decision,” said a source close to the campaign. “If it was up to him, it would have been Christie.”
The two men had developed a close relationship. Whenever Christie visited Trump’s campaign headquarters, he’d spend most of his time in onetime Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s office, ignoring Manafort and other top aides, a source said.
Christie contacted Trump and made his final, impassioned appeal on July 12.
“Christie said he thinks he deserves it and he earned it,” a second Trump source said. Convinced, Trump made the offer.
Christie “said all the BS that Trump likes to hear, and Trump said, ‘Yeah, sure I’m giving it to you.’ ”
That didn’t sit well with Manafort, who had arranged for Trump to meet Pence in Indianapolis on July 13, and fly back together to New York the next day for a formal announcement.
Then campaign chair Paul Manafort was so adamant about Trump choosing Pence, that during a campaign trip to Indiana, Manafort lied and told Trump his plane had a mechanical problem, which forced Trump to spend another night in Indiana. Pence then made his case to be Trump’s running mate as Trump’s advisers argued that Christie’s Bridgegate troubles would sink the campaign.
“Trump had wanted Christie but Bridgegate would have been the biggest national story,” a third Trump source said. “He’d lose the advantage of not being corrupt.”
Trump agreed to name Pence the next day and broke the news to Christie, saying it would “tear my family apart if I gave you VP,” a source said.
Obviously we don’t want Trump to win, but Pence was, without a doubt, a better choice than Chris Christie.