Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday night he was considering “a bunch of people” to be his choice for a running mate, a day after he swept the Indiana primary and saw two of his rivals suspend their campaigns.
Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” he would consider John Kasich, who suspended his campaign Wednesday afternoon, citing his “good relationship” with the Ohio governor.
“I would consider him. He’s certainly someone I would get along with during the (Republican) debates,” he said.
When asked if he would consider former rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, whom Trump targeted with personal attacks before the Florida primary, the real estate mogul said he has gotten along “very well” with the senator since he got out of the presidential race.
"I would certainly consider him but we do have a lot of candidates I think would be very good,” he said.
While his VP selection committee will include former rival Ben Carson, Trump told O’Reilly he didn’t think the renowned neurosurgeon was “looking for that.”
Trump added that before the Republican National Convention in July, he may announce whom he would nominate for cabinet positions in his administration to boost his appeal to the party.
“I think the idea of doing some things before Cleveland would be well received,” he said.
The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Wednesday night that now that Trump will be the presumptive nominee, the Republican Party will have "time to heal."
"Look, we had a contentious primary," Reince Priebus told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in an “On the Record” interview. "It was 17 candidates. Feelings are still very raw. So, I'm not pretending that this isn't going to take a while."
He said that he and Trump have spoken many times since the candidate made slamming a "rigged" Republican primary system a talking point of his campaign.
"A candidate can't win without the RNC," Priebus said. "The fact of the matter is, a functional, operational national Party that has its act together on the ground is absolutely necessary. So without us, he can't win."
"He's going to join the Republican Party and we're going to be prepared when that happens," he added.
When asked Wednesday night if he would take the “low or high road” when responding to attacks from the Clinton campaign, Trump said he could “handle the low road if I had to do that.”
“If she wants to go the low road, I’m fine with that,” he told O’Reilly. “If she wants to go the high road, which probably I would prefer, I’m fine with that.
“I’ve handled the low road over the past few months. “