While the 2020 presidential election is not yet confirmed, the current figures on the Democratic side of the primary process show former Vice President Joe Biden set to be the nominee.
So what would a potential President Trump versus Biden match-up look like, specifically how their vice presidential selections would impact their respective campaigns?
“The View” co-hosts Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg had a couple of ideas.
McCain started the discussion by predicting Trump would drop current Vice President Mike Pence. She said should Biden select a woman to be his VP then Trump would replace Pence with a woman, specifically naming former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
“I still think, though, that if he chooses a woman, then Trump is going to kick Pence out and put in Nikki Haley,” McCain said per BizPac Review. “Because I think they’ll go toe for toe and they’re going to be like, ‘You want to identity politics me? I’ll identity politics you.'”
Co-host Joy Behar interjected, saying: “I don’t know if the party would like that, to take Pence out.”
“I think they would,” McCain responded. “They need the win.”
“It’s amazing you’re such a Mike Pence fan,” McCain jokingly added per the report.
Behar countered, saying she was “not a fan of the whole Republican Party right now, at all.”
BizPac Review reports despite the speculation, Trump has assured he would be sticking with Pence:
Although there has been previous speculation that Trump could drop Pence as his vice-presidential running mate in the reelection, the president reiterated that he was behind Pence “100 percent.”
“Mike Pence — I know I’ve seen this rumor that keeps popping up, and Nikki would be great, but Mike Pence has done a phenomenal job as vice president,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in November. “He’s our guy, he’s my friend, and look, we have a great team.”
CNN political analyst Paul Begala floated the “certainty” of Haley on the GOP ticket earlier this month.
“This is not a prediction. It’s a certainty. On Thursday, July 16 — that’s the date the Democrat gives his or her acceptance address — on that day, to interrupt that narrative, Donald Trump will call a press conference at Mar-a-Lago. He’s going to dump Mike Pence and put Nikki Haley on the ticket to try to get those suburban moms,” Begala pronounced during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of the month.
Later on “The View” discussion, Goldberg led a discussion of what candidate Biden would choose to join him on the ballot.
“You know who he should pick, but he won’t,” Goldberg said, before the panel mentioned failed gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
“No, no, no,” the co-host continued, rejecting the guesses. “The person who really is qualified to do it, and he cannot pick her, Hillary Clinton.”
Goldberg mentioned Clinton’s new Hulu documentary and said her selection by Biden would be “brilliant.”
And, from BizPac Review:
McCain agreed that the documentary was “intense” but worth watching as the women continued discussing Clinton’s potential as a vice president. Ultimately, McCain concluded that the former first lady had “too much baggage” to be a successful running mate.
The idea of Biden choosing Clinton for his administration has been floated in recent weeks as his campaign experienced a comeback of sorts to catapult him to frontrunner status after Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared to take the lead in the race for a while.