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Trumps First Big Deal as a Candidate

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to the media in the "spin room" after the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX25SY1

So Trump clearly should be the GOP’s nominee in November. Cruz would have to win 80+% of the remaining delegates, which is nearly impossible, and Kasich would have to win OVER 100% of the delegates to get over 1200 in total, which clearly is impossible. With that being said, it’s time for Trump to make his first big “deal” as a Presidential candidate.

Although I’ve been told and have seen mention that Kasich would never go this route, Trump needs to convince Kasich to be his running mate. This is for a number of reasons.

First, Kasich understands D.C. and would be invaluable to him in navigating through Congress. Second, Kasich is seen by many, many Americans – on both sides of the political aisle – as a reasonable and thoughtful Republican (something we know people don’t see Trump as at this time). Third, Ohio is a critical state in the Electoral College math – and Kasich is clearly very strong (for good reasons) in that state. And lastly, this move will calm down “the establishment” in the GOP enough to get them to not force a floor fight at the convention – something that would be extremely destructive to the Party and it’s chances in November.

If Trump wants to win and govern, this is the first big “deal” he needs to make.

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  1. I for one am looking forward to a convention battle. Trump is a buffoon and should not have access to the nuclear codes.

  2. You make a cogent case, Jay. But I hope Kasich doesn’t go for it. Anything that will strengthen Trump is a problem in my book. He is the worst possible candidate to carry the GOP banner into the November election and the worst possible president, should he win, for the country. But, all that said, you make a compelling case and Trump should be looking at seriously.

  3. I think as the months go by (once the Primary race is over) he will get himself more in line with what normal Republicans want to hear. Right now, I get your point, but I think when we revisit this by the summer, many who are solidly against Trump will change their minds.

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