Could Sen. Cotton be on Trump’s VP list?

Sen. Cotton met with Kim Kwan-jin

Sen. Cotton met with Kim Kwan-jin, National Security Advisor to Korean President Park Geun-hye, in August, 2015. (Sen. Cotton Facebook page photo)

Some on social media are discussing the potential for Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) to be in the running for vice president on the Republican presidential ticket. Cotton, whose conservative and practical creds are indisputable, did an interview with US News and World Report, and he gave a nuanced answer when asked if he’d run on a ticket with presumptive nominee Donald Trump. 

Cotton didn’t come right out and say he’d run with Trump. Or not:

“[USN] So that’s not ruling it out?
[Cotton] I wouldn’t rule it in either.”

The outspoken senator, who has at times bucked both his party and most definitely bucked the secretive Obama administration, was asked whether he’d vote for Trump in November:

“I’ve said all along, I’ll support the nominee, because we can’t afford another term of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy or for that matter, economic policy at home. And now Donald Trump’s the presumptive nominee. So we obviously need to do some work to unify around our common and shared principles and Donald’s got the responsibility and opportunity to do that in the coming weeks.”

Cotton has also generated buzz as a potential presidential contender in 2020.

The senator has refused to be silent at times about controversial matters.

After The New York Times told the world, even as the US fought a war we didn’t seek, about the Bush 43 administration’s tracking of terrorist financing—this was a top secret program, obviously—Cotton wrote a scathing letter to the newspaper. Cotton did combat duty tours in the US Army. Why the paper, even though most know it leans far left of center, chose to disclose the program is unknown. What is known is that such decisions can harm members of the military in combat zones while the news presenters/leakers are safe here on their home turf.

The NYT didn’t publish Cotton’s letter, but the well-known blog PowerLine did.

Cotton also drew attention for his ‘nay’ vote and stance on the Iran deal Obama pushed through amid a veil of secrecy and outright deception. Cotton published an open letter about the deal, and in a moment of astonishing hypocrisy, the NYT accused Cotton of treason. While the NYT and other partisan publications trusted what Obama and his Clinton-era staffers told the world about the deal, time proved Cotton and other critics right.

Now we know the president and his people sold us fiction rather than truth. That isn’t the first time, of course, but just as with Bill Clinton’s false promises about North Korea’s nukes, we were once again being hoodwinked by the Democrats’ spin machine. Various newspapers said of Obama’s completely unqualified in my opinion national security adviser Ben Rhodes:

“Now Rhodes is openly boasting in a New York Times Magazine profile how Team Obama (with the help of gullible journalists) resorted to outright lies and deceit to sell the deal to Congress.”

In a May 9 statement, Cotton doubled down on his justifiable criticism of the feckless actors in the Iran deal:

“Spin has its limits. What even the White House Press Secretary cannot deny is that senior administration officials have peddled a falsehood about the Iran deal. The only question is whether that falsehood was the administration’s entire rationale for the Iran deal or one staffer’s grandiose claim that he manufactured that rationale out of whole cloth to manipulate the press and the American people.”

As a pundit pointed out in the L.A. Times essay The Inconvenient Truths in Tom Cotton’s Letter to Iran:

“It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of “Death to America!”

Cotton has solid conservative credentials, he’s a combat veteran, and he tends to advocate for the American people instead of the political machine on both sides of the aisle.

Cotton, like many of us who research foreign affairs, hopes the next president will address the foolish deal this administration signed off on. In the US News and World Report Interview, he said:

“There’s not a gold rush going on in Iran right now and there’s more opportunity in the future to unwind that deal so we don’t see Iran with a nuclear weapon.”

A VP pick like this senator would certainly attract some, if not many, of those #NeverTrump voters, or at least those voters who recognize the extensive damage another Clinton administration would do to the country.

While Cotton opposed the deal on the Senate side, a congressman who hopes to fill the Senate seat that Sen. Marco Rubio will vacate also opposed it passionately. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL) delivered a speech about the dangers of empowering Iran’s theocracy, and he also pointed out a major flaw in Obama’s completely unnecessary and questionable surrender:

“The deal injects billions of dollars into the coffers of the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism, legitimizes Iran’s vast nuclear program, and fails to include the “anytime, anywhere” inspections that have long been considered a bare minimum requirement for any acceptable deal.”

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 11, 2016)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.

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