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Potential Trump VP has Sealed his Congressional Record

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Nothing to see here folks, keep it moving.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could become the next vice president of the United States, but he has gone out of his way to prevent people from seeing his congressional record. If the man was proud of his work, would he have sealed it from the public? I doubt it!

Pence is believed to be on Donald Trump’s shortlist of potential vice presidential candidates.

His congressional library, housed at Indiana University in Bloomington, is closed until either Dec. 5, 2022, or Pence’s death.
“It’s not standard, but it’s not unusual,” Dina Kellams, the school’s director of university archives, told The Huffington Post.

The website noted that former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) put similar restrictions on his own congressional papers before opening up some parts of his archives.

Kellams said Pence could open up his library if he chooses.

Pence met with the presumptive Republican nominee and his children Wednesday in Indiana as the businessman inches toward naming a running mate. Trump is expected to pick his VP by the end of the week.

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Eric Trump Eyes his Sister Ivanka for Dad’s VP Slot

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Members of Donald Trump’s family have EUGE rolls in his Republican presidential bid. For example, Donald’s son Eric is responsible for picking his VP for crying out loud.

No one in the political world ever heard of Eric because until now, Eric kept whatever political views he had to himself…if he had any views at all. But since dad is running for president, Eric Trump has suddenly become the political deal maker of the Republican party, choosing his father’s Vice President – a person who is a heartbeat away from becoming the president of the United States.

And according to this interview, Eric has his sister Ivanka in mind as a possible running mate for his father.

The Trump scion appeared on Thursday morning’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” telling host Steve Doocy, “She’s got the beautiful looks, right? She’s got — she’s smart, she’s smart, smart, smart. … She’s certainly got my vote.”

Donald Trump has been mocked for raving about his daughter’s beauty and even saying he would date her if they weren’t related.

Doocy wanted to know if Ivanka Trump would be 35 years in age, the cut-off to legally serve as vice president.

“She’ll just be 35,” Eric Trump responded, and said her 35th birthday is Oct. 30, “so she’d just makes that by about by, you know, seven, eight days.”

Host Ainsley Earhardt said Ivanka Trump has the “business sense” for the position, to which her brother responded, “She’s amazing.

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Chris Christie: Terrible as Governor But Qualified for VP

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I sort of forgot that Chris Christie was still the Governor of New Jersey and an active politician until this week, so quiet was he on policy and bombast.

But now he’s back.

His first foray was to emerge with a set of checks made out to suburban school district students for $6,599 each.  This was his way of solving the school funding problem that has vexed governors for the better part of 40 years. Christie’s solution was, in essence, to tell the students who live in New Jersey’s cities to either go to a Charter School, move, get different parents, or suck it up and try to learn in a class with 34 other students because Christie’s plan would mean a bunch of school closures.

To the suburban districts, the message was much less harsh: Your property taxes will go down and you can continue to have fine schools. What I really like is that the amount of aid isn’t a round number. In fact, I think if Christie had consulted Donald Trump, the price would have been $6,599.99. The pennies add so much class.

And speaking of Christie and Trump, the other information that emerged this week is that the Governor is being vetted for the Vice-Presidency. Yes, I’m still scared of ISIS, but this potential pairing comes in a close second (and tied, by the way, with the thought of Newt Gingrich being VP). Christie has evidently been giving Trump political advice ahead of the GOP’s Cleveland Convention, weighing in on the recent firing of Trump’s campaign manager and moderating Trump’s speeches so they include more substance and less invective. OK, that last one isn’t working out too well, but Christie is taking his job as manager of Trump’s transition very seriously.

Which brings us to this weekend’s crisis in New Jersey over the Transportation Trust Fund which, I am told, is out of money because the Legislature hasn’t raised the gas tax to fund it. Of course, it’s really Christie’s problem because instead of agreeing to the gas tax increase in return for an end to the inheritance tax, which Christie has been running on forever, he tried to make a different deal to agree to the gas tax, but lower the sales tax by 1%. That would create a huge hole in the state budget. When the state Senate balked at the deal (both Republicans and Democrats opposed it), Christie threatened to shut down road projects over the weekend. Which would throw a bunch of people out of work. And seriously compromise driver safety. And make him less popular than he already is.

In years past, even though I didn’t agree with much of what the Republican politicians wanted to do, I could at least see their arguments and follow their thinking. Not this year. The party’s done blowed itself up. And Chris Christie has his hand on the dynamite plunger.

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Mitt Romney Chose Paul Ryan as VP. Let’s Learn A Little About Paul Ryan

Now that Mitt Romney has made his choice for vice president with the Paul Ryan selection, it is very important that Americans learn a little more about the man who could potentially be the next president of the United State in the unlikely event that Mitt Romney wins in November.

So to help us with that task, the Obama re-election team has put out this video touting one of Paul Ryan’s most important accomplishment, something known as The Ryan Budget.

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They’re Trying To Change The Subject – A Possible Shortlist For Romney’s VP Search

Conde’s not on the short list.

(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to be in the final stages of deciding who to pick as his vice presidential running mate, with speculation growing that he has narrowed his choice down to a short-list of three.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal all offer various strengths to Romney should he decide to pick one of them to join his battle to unseat President Barack Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, in the November 6 election.

Many Republicans believe Romney will break from tradition and announce his choice well before the party’s convention in Tampa in late August that will formally nominate Romney as the Republican candidate.

Campaign officials were loathe to discuss the selection process or the short list but made clear that Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, had yet to make up his mind.

“No decision has been made. An announcement could happen any time between now and the convention, but it will only happen after a decision has been made and no decision has been made,” said Romney campaign senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

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Romney’s Potential Veep Asks, What the heck is “Self-Deportation?”

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who is sometimes mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick, is critical of Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration.

Martinez’s criticism of Romney’s call for self-deportation is mentioned in a Newsweek article that was posted online yesterday.

“Self-deport? What the heck does that mean,” Martinez is quoted as saying. “I have no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign. But now there’s an opportunity for Gov. Romney to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and why.”

Romney has advocated that illegal immigrants already in the USA should “self deport” and leave the country voluntarily. He has often described a situation in which illegal immigrants would apply for legal status and wait their turn to come back legally.

[USA Today]