Governor Pat McCrory got some rare buzz over the past few hours as a potential vice presidential pick – for Donald Trump, specifically. It’s rare to hear veep speculation about the governor because McCrory is locked in a tight reelection battle with Roy Cooper in 2016 and can’t run for both offices at the same time.
Nonetheless, conservative author and Donald Trump fan Ann Coulter thinks McCrory would be the perfect running mate for Trump. She likes his views on education reform and is particularly impressed that he’s strong on immigration.
Trump/McCrory? Here’s what McCrory’s campaign manager had to say: “The Governor is flattered but committed to making North Carolina a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Smooth response. And notice the lack of a definite ‘no.’ Instead, just a statement reaffirming that Governor Pat wants to continue to Make North Carolina Great Again.
Being touted for a national ticket is never bad publicity, even as a vice president under President Trump. But I would be very surprised, to say the least, if McCrory is on anyone’s ticket next year. Instead, he’ll keep steppin’ on toes at the state level – for how much longer is the question.
John Wynne is the “conservative voice” at PoliticsNC, where he also provides polling analysis and commentary on legislative campaigns. When not writing about politics, he enjoys gardening and listening to opera. Contact: email@example.com.