BOISE — Ann Coulter might think Mike Crapo would make a good vice presidential pick, but as far as Idaho’s senior senator knows, he isn’t being considered for the position.
“We have not been contacted,” said Lindsay Nothern, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Crapo, R-Idaho. “We have not been asked by Trump about any spot in his administration.”
Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, was in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to meet with Senate Republicans, and Crapo was in the meeting, Nothern said.
“There have been no discussions about any VP slot,” Nothern said.
The well-known conservative author and commentator Coulter wrote a column published Wednesday titled “My VP Prediction: Trump’s First Mistake,” in which she said Trump should name someone who would back his views on immigration and who is “smart and courageous and not in love with his own press notices.”
“Among the possibilities Trump ought to be considering are people like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (the latter two are up for re-election this year, but perhaps they can run for both offices simultaneously),” Coulter wrote.
Crapo didn’t endorse anyone in the primary, but said after Trump locked up the nomination that he would back him. Crapo spoke in support of Trump and against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the Idaho GOP convention a month ago, calling the election a choice between a “caretaker society” and an “opportunity society,” and also saying U.S. Supreme Court rulings recognizing an individual right to bear arms would be in jeopardy if Clinton appoints the next judge.
A little after the convention, Crapo joined many other Republican elected officials in calling on Trump to withdraw his comments that the judge in the Trump University case couldn’t judge him fairly because of his Mexican parents.
Crapo’s Democratic opponent, Jerry Sturgill, put out a statement Thursday agreeing that Crapo would be a good VP pick for Trump.
“So we agree that choosing Mike Crapo as his running mate would be a safe move for Trump,” said Sturgill campaign spokesman Joel Coon. “Trump can count on Sen. Crapo to have his back as he attacks religious minorities and scoffs at people of faith like he did Governor Romney. This is a centerpiece of Trump’s campaign, so he needs someone like Crapo who, after 25 years in Washington D.C., has forgotten Idaho values.”