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Trump aide: Picking a woman or minority as VP would be ‘pandering’

A top aide in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign said that the presumptive GOP nominee will probably not pick a minority or a woman as his running mate.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Huffington Post published on Wednesday, Trump’s convention manager Paul Manafort said that choosing a minority or a woman for VP wouldn’t be the best move for the candidate.

“In fact, that would be viewed as pandering, I think,” Manafort said.

Trump has mentioned a few women while discussing his VP search, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. He has also said that he is looking for an experienced politician, a quality Manfort emphasized.

“He needs an experienced person to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He seems himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO,” Manafort said. “There is a long list of who that person could be … and every one of them has major problems.”

source: The Hill, The Ballot Box, By Harper Neidig, May 25, 2016

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