After winning the Indiana primary, Donald Trump has all but cemented his Republican presidential nomination after his biggest rival Sen. Ted Cruz suspended his campaign. Perhaps uncharacteristically for the often boisterous business mogul, Trump thanked Cruz, calling him a “fierce rival” and a “tough competitor” and saying:
“I don’t know if he likes me or doesn’t like me, but he is one hell of a competitor.” (Yahoo! News)
For most of his former rivals, the question now is whether they will support Trump against Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal, who left the presidential race in November, said there are two choices now – Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton – and not supporting Trump will make it easier for Clinton to win.
Senator Lindsey Graham, on the other hand, remains opposed to the idea of supporting Trump. Graham posted on Twitter:
“If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed… and we will deserve it.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who stepped out of the race in February, encouraged Republican voters to stay united with the party.
“We’re a party of ideas and principles. My decision has always been to work through the party and not outside the party. … I’m a Republican. We’re not all the same, but I’m a Republican. So I don’t go around advising people to choose another way.”
“The future is within the party. We’ll see what happens this go-around… The nomination I think is now done, but we’ll see what happens as we move forward and how the race shapes up. I mean, on the bright side, we are running against a crook.” (Yahoo! News)
The big question now is who will be Trump’s running mate. Well, Reddit users might have a pick and it’s Rand Paul. In a massive Reddit discussion, Paul received the most mentions (or “nominations”) from users, 295 out of over 4,300 comments.
Reddit user Riekopo summed up why Rand Paul would be a good choice for running mate:
“I think Rand Paul would be a great choice. I think he’d shore up the weaknesses Trump has.”
(Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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