Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of Donald Trump’s top defenders on Capitol Hill, said Sunday he would happily “consider” joining a Trump ticket but is not currently being vetted as a running mate.
“I certainly expect not. I have not been discussing that with them and I don’t even know if anybody’s being vetted,” the Alabama Republican told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” when asked if he was being vetted as a vice presidential pick. “I have only said, if I were asked, I would consider it. I don’t expect that to happen.”
Trump has said he would like to unveil his pick at the Republican National Convention, which will be held in Cleveland next month. But Sessions also said he was unsure if the campaign had begun a full-scale vetting of possible running mates.
The Alabama senator also dismissed recent talk of a GOP revolt, centered on the idea of a contested convention and upending Trump as the nominee.
“I don’t think that has any chance whatsoever,” Sessions told Bash. “There’s not going to be a revolt. But I would say that the administration, the Trump campaign is definitely reaching out. We’ve had a number of meetings. We’ve had a number of meetings with the Republican Senate leadership, House members, (House Speaker Paul) Ryan, Mitch McConnell, multiple phone calls and discussions.”