The political drums of female Republican lawmakers this election 2016 grow nosier for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump to choose a woman as his running mate. This comes in the wake of presidential challenger Ted Cruz selecting a female running mate, Carly Fiorina, on Wednesday.
The selection of a woman to run with Trump would go a long ways in offsetting his negative polling numbers among females, especially those 18-45. It could also obliterate Hillary Clinton’s stale mantra of fighting for women’s equality.
The strong suggestion came this week from Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) during a Capitol Hill event hosted by the Heritage Foundation. Rep, Lummis said, “I would suggest a woman, because some of the remarks he has made about women are not going to help him appeal to some of the 53 percent of the voting populace that are women.”
The Wyoming congresswoman emphatically said a woman on Trump’s ticket with more “discipline” to balance his unpredictability is essential. She said that is a far better idea than the usual selection of a running mate from a swing state. Lummis suggested he (Trump) should find it important having a personality balance.
Naturally the sudden announcement of his rival Ted Cruz selecting Fiorina weighs heavily on Trump’s eventual choice to campaign run with him in the fall. Recent polling shows that Trump is deeply unpopular among women who typically vote in larger numbers than men. A University poll released this week found that 66 percent of likely female voters hold unfavorable views of Trump.
Who are the women Trump may have on his short list of vice president choices? Number one, or close to it, would be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) as possibilities. Either of them would greatly bolster Trump with women as well as shore up the foreign policy experience he lacks.
It’s unclear if Ayotte would be open to running with Trump. She hasn’t endorsed a candidate. Former Secretary of State Rice has shown little interest in running for public office. It might be a hard sell since Trump has criticized her former boss, George W. Bush, mercilessly.
Then there is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. She is bright, well-liked and would definitely help shore up support in the Hispanic community where Trump has some of his lowest numbers. One problem might be that she earlier endorsed Marco Rubio before he dropped out of the race, and she has sharply criticized Trump for his remarks on immigration.
Most Trump supporters feel it is critical he pick a running mate with solid government experience. The New York mogul apparently agrees telling The Washington Post, “I’d prefer a running mate with more political experience. Ninety-five percent see me picking a political person as opposed to somebody from the outside.”
Other possible running mates include Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who is serving as chairwoman of a House panel investigating abortion service providers. She certainly wouldn’t get the Planned Parenthood vote, but it could excite evangelicals and conservatives.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is another possibly strong candidate. However she did deliverer a stinging rebuke of Trump in the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, warning the party should not embrace its “angriest voice.”