Hard to believe that we are just 5 days away from the beginning of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The presumptive presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, has narrowed his choices for vice president down to a handful. Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Lt. General Mike Flynn, US Army retired, are the final options from most reports. Last night, Gov. Pence joined Trump on stage at a rally and then met with Donald again this morning. Rumors that Trump will make his pick by Friday is important in that under Indiana state law, Pence must file if he intends to run for governor again. Unlike some other states, you can only be on a ballot for one office.

But wait! Before you place all your money on Pence, the Fox News Channel has suspended their contract with Newt Gingrich this morning! A necessary move should Newt be Trump′s VP pick. There is also word that sometime today, Trump will have another lengthy phone conversation with Gov. Christie. Lt. General Flynn has been talking immigration and wall building lately while pushing his new book about fighting the Islamic State. A life long Democrat, Flynn has been openly critical of Barack Obama and his administration. Sen. Sessions was the first major politician to endorse Trump, appearing with him last year at the famous Mobile rally before 35,000 people.

The ′word′ is that Donald Trump will announce his vice presidential pick soon, perhaps by Friday. Last night on ″The O′Reilly Factor″, Trump told Bill O′Reilly that there were five contenders on his short list. When pressed about a frontrunner, or if a choice had already been made, The Donald ducked. The clock is ticking, though, so a pick is forthcoming shortly. My guess is that it will break sometime between late Wednesday afternoon and noon Thursday. The two most likely at this point seem to be Pence and Gingrich. If so, I′d rather have Newt, but I′ll go along with any of these five finalists.

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