Mary Matalin, GOP strategist and pundit, makes huge move

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Why Mary Matalin Is Registering as a Libertarian

Mary Matalin -- a top Republican strategist and well-known pundit -- announced she's leaving the Republican Party to register as a Libertarian.

The decision was made Thursday during an interview on "With All Due Respect" on Bloomberg Politics.

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Matalin, who worked with the last three Republican presidents in various capacities, made clear that her switch is not connected to the recent news of Donald Trump becoming the presumptive GOP nominee earlier this week.

"The Libertarian Party continues to represent those constitutional principles that I agree with," Matalin said.

She also cited that she was a Republican in the "Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense" and was always a "provisional Trump" and a "never Hillary" type of voter.

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Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich could provide Trump with exactly what he is looking for in a running mate — an experienced lawmaker who pushed legislation through Congress for years.

Though he has been actively aboard the Kasich bandwagon in recent days, Gingrich has come to Trump's defense regarding both the establishment backlash to his candidacy and the controversy the frontrunner found himself in after initially failing in a CNN interview to disavow support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Pence is rumored to be one of the final few people on Donald Trump's short list to be running mate. He appeared with him mere days before Trump was expected to announce his decision, and even met with Trump's family. 

Pence found himself in the spotlight in recent months after defending Indiana's religious liberty law that was criticized by many as being discriminatory against the LGBT community. 

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Ivanka Trump

A wildcard choice for sure, some began to wonder if Donald Trump might consider naming his daughter as his running mate after Sen. Bob Corker suggested the move shortly after taking himself out of the mix. 

Ivanka, who would turn 35 mere days before the election, has not addressed the rumors, but brother Eric backed her

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Michael Flynn

The 57-year-old retired lieutenant general has been advising the campaign on foreign affairs for months, but as Flynn's under-the-radar candidacy gained steam as Trump's decision drew near.

Conservative supporters have warned that Flynn isn't sufficiently tough on social issues.  

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Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is the only 2016 GOP presidential candidate who has endorsed Trump since leaving the race.

Christie could help Trump with more moderate GOP voters, and he certainly has the bombastic personality that would serve as a useful surrogate for Trump, though the two also fiercely criticized each other when they were both candidates in the race.

Back in November, Trump said Christie could have a "place" on his ticket.

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Jeff Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is the only sitting senator to endorse Trump — and he has already been tapped to lead Trump's national-security advisory committee.

"A movement is afoot that must not fade away," Sessions said during the Alabama rally where he announced his support last month.

Sessions is one of the staunchest supporters of Trump's hard-line plan to crack down on illegal immigration. The senator could also give Trump credibility in the South.

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Scott Brown

Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts was the first current or former senator to endorse Trump. He was known in the Senate as a moderate, and he could help pick up votes with some in the less conservative wing of the Republican Party.

He has supported abortion rights and is in favor of banning assault weapons, but he carries a blue-collar, populist persona. Brown memorably drove a pickup truck to campaign events during his 2010 Senate run in Massachusetts, which was to fill a vacant seat.

Trump acknowledged that Brown may very well be his pick.

During a January event in New Hampshire, Trump said Brown was cut out of "central casting" and could be his vice president. Brown said at the time that Trump was "the next president of the United States."

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Paul LePage

"I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular," Gov. Paul LePage of Maine said while announcing his support for the GOP frontrunner last month on "The Howie Carr Show."

The governor is comparable to Trump when it comes to provocative remarks. In January, LePage found himself at the center of a national firestorm after he made some racially tinged comments about out-of-state drug dealers who come into Maine and "impregnate a young white girl" before leaving.

"Now I get to defend all the good stuff he says," LePage has said of Trump.

LePage also entered politics after a successful business career, but he was reportedly staunchly opposed to Trump's candidacy before suddenly coming on board.

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Mike Huckabee

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who was once in the 2016 GOP presidential race, has been defending Trump in recent weeks. Plus, his daughter is now working as a part of Trump's campaign.

Last week, BuzzFeed reported that advisers close to Huckabee thought the vice-president nod was in the cards for their guy.

Of all the former 2016 White House contenders, Huckabee may be closest to Trump ideologically. Huckabee struck a populist tone on cultural issues and, like Trump, vowed to protect Social Security and Medicare if elected.

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John Kasich

Aside from a few brushups in the fall, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has barely touched Trump along the trail. The same can be said for Trump, whose most brutal attack against Kasich is that he "got lucky" because of the natural-gas reserves in his state.

It has been rumored that Trump would be interested in Kasich as his running mate, though Trump has also recently started criticizing Kasich on the campaign trail.

Kasich has the political experience that Trump says he's seeking. Kasich also hails from the Midwest, one of the most competitive regions in the past few presidential races.

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Rick Scott

It has been an ongoing rumor that Gov. Rick Scott of Florida will endorse Trump after Scott wrote a gushing op-ed article in USA Today in January.

Like Trump, Scott rose to power from the business world. But Scott also has clout in the largest general-election swing state. In addition, he has six years of government experience behind him after being elected to office in 2010.

Of note: The hospital company where Scott served as CEO had to pay a $1.7 billion Medicare fraud penalty in 2000.

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Sarah Palin

We can dream, right?

John McCain's running mate in 2008, Sarah Palin was a big get for Trump when she endorsed the frontrunner over Ted Cruz, whom she had vigorously campaigned for during his Senate run in 2012.

If Trump is interested in a sharp break with the Republican establishment, picking Palin would certainly send that signal.

It's an open question, however, as to whether she boosted or hindered McCain's run during the 2008 race.

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Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin makes remarks before the opening of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, in this February 22, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files
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Matalin addressed Trump's policies -- specifically that of his economic plan -- and added:

"I just don't know enough. I think not only could he win, I think he could win in a landslide if he would stop his high school boy antics with women; otherwise he's going to force suburban women to Hillary."

Matalin and her husband, Democratic strategist James Carville, are well-known in Washington for years as the couple willing to duke it out over the issues on TV. They regularly appeared on CNN shows including "Crossfire" and later "The Situation Room" and the cable network's election night specials.

In 2014 they wrote a book together, "Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home," which chronicled their relationship since the 1992 election in which she worked for the Bush and Clinton campaign.

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FILE - In this Mon., Jan. 28, 2013 file photo, political commentators and husband and wife, James Carville, left, and Mary Matalin speak at an NFL football Super Bowl XLVII news conference, in New Orleans. Fox News Channel says it's hired the Democratic strategist, Carville, as a contributor. He will offer commentary during appearances on various Fox News Channel programs, the channel said Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Mary Matalin and James Carville speak onstage during Angel Ball 2015 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Stephen Henderson, Columnist, The Detroit Free Press, Mary Matalin, Republican Strategist, and moderator Chuck Todd appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday March 6, 2016. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - James Carville and Mary Matalin are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 1/7/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, MARY MATALIN, JAMES CARVILLE
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: James Carville (R) and Mary Matalin arrive at '40 Hours to Decide' at University Synagogue on November 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
Political consultants James Carville, left, and Mary Matalin, right, take questions from the media about their roles in "K Street," an upcoming HBO weekly series to be filmed in Washington, D.C., which focuses on the day-to-day efforts of a group of political consultants, Thursday, July 10, 2003, in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. "K Street," will debut Sept. 14, 2003. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
** FOR USE WITH YEAR END--FILE **Vice President Dick Cheney, center, walks back to his office in the White House after doing a television interview, in this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. At right is Mary Matalin, Cheney's former communication director. Man a left is unidentified. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci/FILE)
Political commentators and husband and wife James Carville, left, and Mary Matalin, right, take part in commencement ceremonies for Tulane University in New Orleans, Saturday, May 17, 2008.(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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