Ben Carson says he's 'not interested' in being Trump's running mate

The Trump Veep-Stakes Could Include Democrats
The Trump Veep-Stakes Could Include Democrats

The Donald Trump "veep-stakes" is off the blocks, and it seems like almost anyone can make the list, including a Democrat.

Dr. Ben Carson, former candidate and the man helping choose Trump's running mate, told The Wall Street Journal anyone could be considered, saying, "We would consider people who are Americans and who put America first."

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Carson also told the Wall Street Journal Thursday that he has no interest in being Trump's running mate, saying, "I'm not interested in doing that for a number of reasons. I don't want to be a distraction."

Trump choosing from outside the party probably won't do a whole lot to unite the GOP enough for the general election. It could also help prove true an argument made by other candidates this year: That Donald Trump isn't a conservative or even a Republican.

The question about running mates always takes over headlines until the choice is made, but throw in Trump's ability to grab media attention, and it's safe to say we'll be inundated even more than before.

So far Trump has made it clear he has no issue picking one of his former rivals, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

"He really competed hard and tough, so I respect Ted. He's certainly a capable guy, so it's something we can think about," Trump told Bill O'Reilly on FOX News.

"Well, I would certainly consider him. I mean, he's someone that I've gotten along with. During the debates, during intermission, I always seem to be talking to John," Trump said.

Trump has said for a while now that he wants to choose someone with more political experience than he has -- someone who can help him navigate the Beltway.

However, some notable Republicans have said they don't want to be Trump's VP, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

According to The New York Times, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich and Mary Fallin have all said they'd be interested in running with Trump.

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