Trump veepstakes near finish — running mate choice to be announced by end of week

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The Donald Trump veepstakes are nearing the finish.

Trump told the Washington Post on Monday that he plans to announce his vice presidential candidate by the end of the week, presumably giving an energy jolt to the Republican National Convention, which begins next week in Cleveland.

Trump said he has five people on his short list, including retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a critic of President Obama who formerly ran the Defense Intelligence Agency.

But Trump told the Post he was leaning toward making a “political” pick. That would seem to lower the odds on the part-time Palm Beacher choosing from among New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, or someone else.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been mentioned occasionally as a Trump running mate, but not lately. Scott said in May that he has the job he wants and won’t leave it.

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