Let the Trump Veep Auditions Begin

Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen

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Donald Trump is searching for a running mate, and his list of potential candidates is getting smaller and smaller. This week, the hosts discuss whether Trump is considering other qualities beyond loyalty, and they debate what his eventual choice could mean for the future of Trumpism in the Republican Party.

Plus, Michelle wants to worm her way into candidate medical records.

(A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication in the audio player above.)

Credit…Photo illustration by The New York Times; source photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Recommended in this episode:

  • “How Trump Plans to Wield Power in 2025: What We Know” by Jonathan Swan, Maggie Haberman and Charlie Savage in The Times

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