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Prediction: Trump Will Pick New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez for VP

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With 19 wins and well over 700 delegates under his belt, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is looking good for Donald Trump. Barring a contested convention or maneuvering from the party leadership to block him at the Republican National Convention, Trump remains the odds-on favorite to win the nomination.

This leaves one major question, who will Trump pick to be his running mate?

There has been some speculation that after Chris Christie endorsed Trump that he may be high on the list of choices. Media pundits remarked on how Christie was making a case for the VP slot when he stood behind Trump during the front-runner’s press conference on Super Tuesday.

Yet the one thing that none of the talking heads in the media seem to notice — or maybe they do and just like throwing out whatever speculation is most provocative at the time — is that a Trump/Christie ticket doesn’t make sense politically. It would be smarter for Trump to pick South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley or U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, but the battle scars from a vitriolic primary contest will likely be too fresh to extend the proverbial olive branch to either possibility — especially if Rubio endorses Cruz.

There is another choice that few people are talking about that can build on the foundation that Trump has already laid with his campaign and possibly unify the Republican Party and bring in new voters: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

Looking at modern U.S. history, sociopolitical diversity has been a key factor in VP selection. John McCain, a senior Arizona U.S. senator with more traditional Republican views, picked Sarah Palin, a young female governor from Alaska who became a darling with the emerging tea party movement. Barack Obama, a young star in the Democratic Party running on a more idealistic platform, picked Joe Biden, a grounded veteran in the party with firm roots in the establishment.

Those choices made sense politically. The obvious goal is to broaden the appeal of the ticket. From this standpoint, a New York business mogul and an unpopular New Jersey governor doesn’t make sense. How is that ticket going to win over any more voters than Trump already has?

This is why Susana Martinez is one of the most logical choices for a Trump presidential ticket. A businessman from the Northeast and a popular Latina governor from the Southwest is exactly the type of sociopolitical diversity a presidential ticket needs.

Susana Martinez speaks Spanish, is not only the first female governor of New Mexico (elected in 2010), but she is the first Hispanic female to be elected governor anywhere in the United States. In 2013, TIME magazine listed her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and she was chosen by fellow Republican governors to chair the Republican Governors Association.

The 2016 primary may leave the Republican Party broken — perhaps irreparably for the current election cycle. Trump will need someone who has broad appeal, respect within the party establishment, and can counter some of the media’s accusations that he is racist and sexist.

Trump will need someone who has broad appeal, respect within the party establishment, and can counter some of the public's perception that he is racist and misogynistic.
Trump’s opponent in the general election — which as it stands will likely be Hillary Clinton — will focus on the blustering rhetoric he has used since the launch of his campaign to talk about issues like immigration. To counter this, Trump needs someone who has daily experience with the realities of these issues.

In early March, the Albuquerque Journal reported on a ranch hand taken hostage by drug runners from Mexico, an incident that sparked outrage from local ranchers at the lack of Border Patrol presence in the area. This gives Trump an opening — an opportunity to add legitimacy to his focus on the need for more border security.

He can move past the hyperbole that appeals to partisan voters in the primary and focus on real people who are affected by these issues every day. Governor Martinez can speak to the legitimate concerns of regions along the border that are difficult to address with the current limited resources Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement face.

Trump still needs approximately half of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination and avoid a brokered convention — that is, of course, so long as party officials do not play with the rules to try to block him from headlining the presidential ticket.

If Trump is able to withstand these challenges, expect him to pick Governor Susana Martinez to be his running mate.

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755 comments
Cynthia Kunkel
Cynthia Kunkel

HE WILL PICK A WOMAN,NO DOUBT,HE IS THAT KIND OF LETCH!!!

Rick Garlin
Rick Garlin

Some rag news site prints up some garbage whoever he picks he will make the final decision. Right now some serious research is being done. I don't recognize any names on here as part of the research team just FB experts.

Kathy Ostapuk
Kathy Ostapuk

Pandering at its best...an Hispanic and a woman, really?????

José Roberto Orellana
José Roberto Orellana

The Republican primary was just a circus to keep the sheeple distracted from the real issues. But it is so ironic that what people thought would happen to the GOP meaning its collapse, looks closer now to happen to the DNC

Frank Beeson
Frank Beeson

Why would she want to sabotage her political career by being associated with Chump?

Richard Matthews
Richard Matthews

what a joke.......................MARTINEZ..............after all the border talks..............there's nothing the RNC can do to stop this clowncar wreck.................HAWK is a play on words for KILLER and MASS MURDERER....Hillary's arms sales to the Middle East, Uranium sales to Putin...S.American massacre's....Iraqi massacre's......ONLY BERNIE CAN DEFEAT TRUMP.....BILL-ary cannot......she needs to CONCEDE before heading to court to face on-going and fresh criminal charges....It's a no brainer.....BERNIE SANDER 2016..

Rodgers Brown
Rodgers Brown

Trump may have a hard time finding someone to be his VP, if he looses it will end their political life.

Lynn Wood
Lynn Wood

The republican and democratic parties no longer represent the people.....they will fall apart, because the people have had enough. The majority of congressional seats are coming up for reelection in November, and I for one, will make sure that we clean house. Trump will need congressmen who are there to serve the people and eliminate all money in politics!!! Having no more donations to the RNC or DNC will put them out of business. Then we need to work on steep fines for the media -- $100,000. for each and every slant, misleading and deceptive article or statement.....we should clear up the national debt in no time!

Mark Woodland
Mark Woodland

I don't care. I won;t vote for him under any circumstances. He isn't qualified to be president.

Gloria Filerino
Gloria Filerino

Don't be fooled my Latino friends do your research Vote Hillaryand democrat all the way

D Ethan Hall
D Ethan Hall

Oh neat. Select a privatization queen leading a State that is right down at the bottom on most metrics ... except maybe for elected officials, judges and policing authorities under investigation for criminal wrongdoing during this sage governors unfortunate period. GoooOOO! TEA PARTY!...

Paul Jones
Paul Jones

I don't care! I'm not voting for that idiot if he raised Ronald Regan from the dead and ran with him!

Nancy Bernadette Eckert
Nancy Bernadette Eckert

No. No one knows who Trump will pick. I do hope the pick will be because of qualifications and not pandering to a group.

Paul Jones
Paul Jones

As opposed to the rest of his candidacy? Good luck with that.

Jean Duranko
Jean Duranko

As a woman and a Latino, why would she accept? It's obviously a play to win women and Latinos? He has talked down to them for his entire campaign.

Kelly Strole
Kelly Strole

Not! No establishment hacks! Rand Paul would be a good idea.

Patrick Lewis
Patrick Lewis

Stop with the BS ,, he has Ben Carson looking into his picks why you make crap up

Francis Berghuis
Francis Berghuis

First the writer of this story got there facts wrong. Democrats call Trump racist and sexist. Both have been proven false. Trump will pick the RIGHT person as VP. All the never this and dump that crowd need to suck it up, unite and make sure another self-serving democrat politision doesn't get in the white house. No candidate is going to be all things and make everyone happy. Come on over to the big tent and defeat the democrats or stay in your little tent and let Hillary steal the white house.

Ron Brand
Ron Brand

Condoleezza Rice - experience in security/world affairs.

Bill Dubilier
Bill Dubilier

Beverly Hills madame. Does it really matter? He is their candidate and no one is going to help his image.

Anna Bishop
Anna Bishop

She will look like an attempt to dismiss what we have seen and heard with our own eyes and ears. It will fail.

Jack Mendoza
Jack Mendoza

Kris agree , but I don't think Martinez is qualified to be president , in an emergency .

Jim Nordlund
Jim Nordlund

I have nothing for or against this woman, but do not pick a woman just on her sex. Huckabee has the credentials as does Carson. We did 5h3 black experiment and what a failure!

Jack Mendoza
Jack Mendoza

Carson ? What credentials ? He's a doctor remember ?

Maryann Smith
Maryann Smith

He will pick anyone he thinks will make him look more likeable ! He is a horrible human being ! He is a true narcissist ! Charming for a while as long as all the attention is focused on him. He needs any attention good or bad !

Lynne Faneuf
Lynne Faneuf

Doesn't matter whoever accepts his offer is a fool

Chiva Merjil
Chiva Merjil

Here in El Paso, Texas, we get to hear of Susanna Martinez' extremely poor decision making skills. She has made New Mexico the LEAST educated State and has run this State into the ground. Oh, she did get a few books for 2nd graders.

Cindy Conner
Cindy Conner

I think he should pick the person qualified,who cares if it's a woman,or African American ,or Latino. Choose a person because they are qualified ,not to fit a political correct opinion so others will feel it will make someone look better.Donald Trump is not racist,or sexist, this is a ploy by idiots who do not follow real issues of what the real problems are in America,they just like to make excuses and not solve the problems.

Greg Rohn
Greg Rohn

A lame, cynical attempt to appeal to Hispanic people. I hope they ain't so foolish as to vote for the guys who will screw them.

Suzanne Rose
Suzanne Rose

If correct, condolences to Governor Martinez.

Dan Black
Dan Black

I think Lucifer would be a great choice for VP #TRUMPLUCIFER16 at least that way trump looks like nice one

Kerry Adcock
Kerry Adcock

It wont matter He wont have enough Independents to win, just like Hillary..what do you think?

Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh

Just like John McCain did with that bubble head quitter. Yeah a vice presidential choice will make all the difference. They will never learn. It's policy not people that win elections.

Paul Jones
Paul Jones

Hahaha, no it isn't. It should be, but we all know it isn't.

Susan E. Nimmo
Susan E. Nimmo

I cannot imagine him picking a woman unless it was a former Miss America type. Who would agree to run with him?

Anatole Evans
Anatole Evans

Looking like things have to get worse before they get better! No Bernie Sanders to make it better, I vote Trump to make it worse! Tough Love! Change is coming! Getting very top heavy! Will not stay home and will not vote HRC! Anyone not shouting about our corrupt and broken political system is part of the problem! When I see HRC smile and pay lip service to what Bernie Sanders has been fighting for his whole political career it makes my blood boil! Clinton's done more damage to black families than the KKK! Do your home work on the private prison industry and the get tough on crime legislation and the resulting militarization of the police! HRC and Bill Clinton as guilty as sin!!! I think the notion that congress will work in harmony with HRC has been completely dispelled! Yes I think that revolution is going to be necessary!!! Without a revolution nothing changes! Question is who is energizing voters! Who is growing the voter base? Who will turn out young voters? Who will get voters out that traditionally don't vote? Who is getting the independent vote? By far Bernie Sanders is the best hope for meaningful change and HRC is the best candidate for more status quo and republican obstruction! Look at the polling trajectory of where Sanders started and how far HRC has fallen! Amazing and totally missing from the discussion! Hillary Clinton is asking us to believe the corrupting influence of money does not change congressional bills and votes! She is asking us to believe the one percent are spending billions in lobbying for no reason! If you are buying this I got some things I would like to sell you!!! Yes the media blackout is in full effect! Check out Trump coverage Vs. Sanders!!! Guns and abortion! Keeping the people distracted and stuck on stupid! Divide and conquer! Only rich lives matter? Stand up to Hill first!! Trump is next! About as fair and balanced as the Corporate media! Feel the Bern! The two party system has been playing the same game for forty years! The only ones benefiting and getting what they want is the one percent! Just a trending news story brought to you by repetition creates reality inc. Also brought to you by just ignore Bernie Sanders inc. Not all that different from how Bill Cosby handled these questions! Bill Clinton is just a much better liar! Check out the list of allegations and the number of women making them! I believe victims and I don't trust the Clintons! Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby used power, intimidation, and a persona larger than life to silence a lot of women! Just wrong! Rape was part of the allegations and money was paid out! How many women need to come forward before we believe them? HRC is enabler in chief!

Barb Sorber
Barb Sorber

What a pile....a rewrite of history....