Donald Trump says Newt Gingrich is 'absolutely' on his Veep short list

Donald Trump said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was "absolutely" on his short list for vice president as he closes in on his finalists for the No. 2 spot.

"Newt is such a great guy. He's been such a great supporter. He's a tremendous guy," Trump told Fox & Friends on Friday. "Absolutely. I'll say yes because he's been such a supporter."

The one-time Georgia lawmaker and former presidential candidate has become one of Trump's most forceful advocates, defending the billionaire as a fellow political revolutionary willing to upend the status quo while other elder statesmen flocked to other candidates. With Trump saying he's likely to tap a sidekick with political experience for the job, the ex-Georgian has positioned himself as a contender for the gig.

The short list might be pretty long, though. When pressed on other names he's considering - Florida Gov. Rick Scott and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are among the other names he's identified - Trump told Fox that "anybody who supports me is on the short list."

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