Who Donald Trump and Other 2016 Candidates Might Choose To Be Vice President

The fight for the 2016 nomination isn't the only race that's in full swing.

September 12, 2015, 2:40 AM
PHOTO: Although others have expressed interest in becoming Donald Trump's running mate, both Nikki Haley, left, and Oprah are disinterested in the position.
Although others have expressed interest in becoming Donald Trump's running mate, both Nikki Haley, left, and Oprah are disinterested in the position.
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— -- The fight for the 2016 presidential nomination is in full swing, but that isn’t the only race that’s starting to heat up.

Although it will be a while before each party's eventual nominee picks a running mate, there are no shortage of choices -- both realistic and more far-fetched. There are even a few who have been pitching themselves for the job.

Here's a look at some of the potential contenders for the No. 2 slot on the presidential ticket:

1. Elizabeth Warren

While many liberal Democrats are rallying behind Bernie Sanders, they still have a special place in their hearts for Elizabeth Warren. And although Vice President Joe Biden’s political plans remain uncertain, he met with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for lunch in Washington in August. The Massachusetts Democrat has not announced whether Biden raised the possibility of her running for vice president. However, in a Monmouth poll released earlier this month, 23 percent of Democrats said they would be more likely to vote for Biden if Warren were by his side.

2. Oprah Winfrey

After announcing he was running for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Oprah would be a "great" running mate. “I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah,” the billionaire businessman told ABC News. “I think we’d win easily, actually.” Although this isn’t the first time Trump considered Oprah as a possible running mate, Oprah has not commented on the option.

3. Carly Fiorina

Fiorina, the only woman currently competing for the Republican presidential nomination, recently dismissed speculation that she could receive a VP nod, saying the notion was sexist. "It would be different if all of the other candidates were being asked that question over and over, so one could only conclude that I am being asked that question because I am a woman, which is disappointing because I don't sense that from voters," Fiorina told Fox News in early September.

4. Charlie Sheen

Despite slamming Donald Trump on Twitter in July, actor Charlie Sheen is interested in running for vice president. In a tweet last month, Sheen says if asked, he would be the GOP presidential nominee’s vice president in a ‘heartbeat.’

5. Nikki Haley

Similarly, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she too, would consider joining the Republican ticket if asked by the party’s nominee to run for vice president. At an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, Haley said she would not spend time thinking about the GOP ticket -- but she did not dismiss the idea of becoming a running mate. “If there is a time where a presidential nominee wants to sit down and talk, of course I will sit down and talk,” Haley said in response to audience questions. When asked about being Donald Trump’s vice president, specifically, Haley responded by saying, “That is so wrong whoever sent that question up.”

6. Jim Jatras

You may not have heard of Jim Jatras, a former Senate Republican staffer and former U.S. diplomat from Virginia, but he wants a spot on the presidential ticket too. He unexpectedly decided to tell the top 16 Republican candidates about his interest in the vice presidency on Wednesday, proclaiming on Twitter that “we need to feel like Americans again."

Jatras describes himself as “pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage, pro-immigration control, anti-war, pro-privacy, pro-tax reform, anti-phony ‘free trade’ deals.” He is currently the editor of RepealFATCA.com, which campaigns against the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act, passed in 2010.

7. Ben Carson

Carson, who is currently running for the top spot, is nipping at Trump's heels in the polls, but he hasn't ruled out the possibility of becoming his rival’s running mate. When asked by CNN whether he would consider service as Trump’s vice president, Carson said “all things are possible, but it is much too early to begin such conversations.”

8. Kelly Ayotte

New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte is a top contender for the vice presidential slot. Ayotte joined Senate colleague Lindsey Graham at the movies after Trump gave out his cell phone number, and she marched with Bush, Graham and Perry in parades this Fourth of July. Even Trump has called her a “great representative” of the Republican party.

9. Hulk Hogan

After wrestling against racist remarks that ended his contract with WWE earlier this summer, Hulk Hogan shared in an interview with TMZ that he was not upset with the organization for cutting ties with him. Instead, Hogan announced his interest in taking on a new role, joining Donald Trump as his vice president, in an effort to make America great again. When a fan took to Twitter to encourage Hogan to run for president he responded by saying, “If Trump wants the people’s vote maybe I should be his VP, brother. HH.”

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