PHOENIX — After her name was floated around for months, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she “doesn’t believe” she is in the running to become Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick.
“I don’t believe so, but he has lots of good people that he could choose from,” she told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos on Tuesday when asked if she thought her name was still being considered.
Brewer said she was “honored to even be talked about” when it comes to being Trump’s vice president, but after more than 30 years in public office, she’s quite happy watching from the outside for the time being.
“I’ve done my time,” she said with a laugh.
Brewer has aligned herself with Trump over the past several months, especially after the presumed Republican nominee took a hard line stance against illegal immigration. While she said she’s experienced in the immigration debate, it takes a lot more than that to be a vice president.
“There’s a lot more to being vice president – serving the country as a whole – than fighting the immigration battle,” she said.
In May, Trump had mentioned Brewer when asked about possible vice presidential candidates.
“Jan Brewer has been fantastic. She has been so fantastic,” Trump said during a Fox News interview. “You know I won so big, her territory, we won so big, and she is a fabulous woman.
Brewer was quick to say she would be happy to be Trump’s pick, but would help his campaign in any capacity she could were he to choose someone else.
With the latter looking much more likely, Brewer floated a popular name for who she thinks Trump should pick.
“I happen to like Newt Gingrich,” she said. “He brings a lot to the table and would be an asset for the United States. He’s been in Congress, he understands policy better than almost anybody.”
Brewer said that Gingrich and Trump do not see eye-to-eye on several topics and that would only benefit Trump.
“At least he voices his opinion,” she said. “I think Mr. Trump needs that. I think that he needs to have all ideas out in front of him and then be able to make his decision.”
While some have put Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, in the VP spotlight, Brewer can’t see it happening.
The former governor said that, while Ivanka is “bright and brilliant,” Trump needs someone who has experience and understands both Congress and policy.
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