Picking a Trump V.P.: The Field of Dreams or a Field of Nightmares?

Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen

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This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts do the dirty work of strategizing the best vice-presidential candidate for Donald Trump to campaign with, and break down what goes into consequential (and not so consequential) V.P. picks.

Plus, Carlos’s team has a Fightin’ chance next year.

(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

Credit…Illustration by The New York Times; Photograph by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Mentioned in this episode:

  • “Picking the Vice President,” by Elaine Kamarck

  • “Which Trump Toady Would the MAGA King Pick as His No. 2?” by Michelle Cottle in The Times

  • “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

  • “Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President,” by Jimmy Carter

Thoughts? Email us at [email protected].

Follow our hosts on X: Michelle Cottle (@mcottle), Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) and Carlos Lozada (@CarlosNYT).

“Matter of Opinion” is produced by Phoebe Lett, Derek Arthur and Sophia Alvarez Boyd. It is edited by Alison Bruzek. Mixing by Pat McCusker and Carole Sabouraud. Original music by Isaac Jones, Efim Shapiro, Carole Sabouraud, Sonia Herrero and Pat McCusker. Our fact-checking team is Kate Sinclair, Mary Marge Locker and Michelle Harris. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski. Our executive producer is Annie-Rose Strasser.

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