July 7, 2016

Newtered Don: The Case Against Gingrich As Trump’s VP

Donald Trump is expected to announce who who will be his running mate any day now, and one name has become a favorite among the betting crowd: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich may seem an odd pick at first considering his age and personal baggage, but The Donald is, if anything, not your average politician.

The man who created the Contract with America in the 1990s has become a credible VP pick this cycle due to his many TV appearances effectively defending Trump, his fundraising ability, his rapport with both Republican insiders and conservatives, and his reputation as an “idea man.”

For someone like Trump, who has a lack of allies with these qualities, Newt appears as a beneficial VP choice. And many others think so too, judging by Gingrich’s comfortable lead in the Drudge VP poll.

However, in spite of the traits that make him attractive on the surface, Gingrich offers a serious problem for Trump’s status as a populist outsider. Mainly, Newt has been on the opposing side on the very issues — immigration, trade and foreign policy — that have driven Trump’s campaign .

Picking the long-time Beltway resident Gingrich could seriously undermine Trump’s appeal to the working class and neuter the appeal that brought millions of Americans to vote for him in the first place.

Here are the issues where Trump and Gingrich seriously differ.

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