Republican front-runner Donald Trump would prefer a politician over an outsider as his running mate if he wins the nomination, the real-estate mogul said during a CNN town hall with his family last night.
“You don’t need two like me,” Trump said during the town hall with his children Donald Jr., Eric, Tiffany and Ivanka and wife, Melania, moderated by Anderson Cooper. “I want to have somebody who can deal with Congress, who gets along with Congress, who is a Washington person. … I have a lot of people in mind.”
Trump didn’t name anyone specific as a potential partner.
“I have a lot of respect for a lot of the politicians, but I would certainly want that to be a political position,” Trump said.
He also blasted the Colorado Republican party for confusing rules that locked him out of the 34 delegates in that state’s early nominating contest.
“The Republican party in Colorado wanted Cruz,” Trump said. “Or maybe they wanted somebody other than Trump. I don’t really think anyone wants Cruz. … Why would they want him?”
Both Eric and Ivanka Trump tried to explain how they failed to register for the New York GOP primary.
“I was an independent and I’ve always voted based on the candidate as opposed to the party,” said Ivanka Trump.
The Trump family mostly stuck to the script of talking up the patriarch’s qualifications.
Melania Trump also defended her husband from critics who have labeled him anti-woman after several high-profile put downs, including against Carly Fiorina, Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell.
“He treats everyone equally,” she said. “So if you’re a woman and they attack him, he will attack back, no matter who you are. We’re all humans and he treats them equal as men. … He doesn’t make a difference.”
Trump is trying to protect a huge lead in New York, where several new polls yesterday reaffirmed his status as the clear favorite in Tuesday’s primary.
A NY1/Baruch poll showed Trump at 60 percent, far ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, at 17 percent, and Cruz with 14 percent.
A Quinnipiac University poll gave Trump a 35-point lead with 55 percent support; Kasich had 20 percent and Cruz was at 19 percent.
If those numbers hold, Trump could be looking at a virtual sweep of the Empire State’s 95 delegates. That’s because the state’s rules award a candidate all of the statewide delegates if they win 50 percent or more of the popular vote. The same applies by congressional district to those delegates.
Missouri also yesterday certified Trump as the winner of its primary.
Trump still leads the nationwide delegate count, but his march to the required 1,237 milestone leaves little room for error. He currently has 743 delegates, while Cruz has 545 and Kasich has 143.
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