The president of a Southern Baptist seminary believes some evangelicals may be uncomfortable with a GOP ticket featuring two men with a history of multiple failed marriages.
With the Republican National Convention fast approaching, Donald Trump is expected to announce his vice-presidential running mate soon. One of the names – former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – has been the focus of a great deal of attention after the two appeared together at a campaign stop in Cincinnati.
Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, tells OneNewsNow that Gingrich has some positives – but also carries some baggage.
"He's bright. He's got the experience," he remarks. "He certainly would lay out a clear case for why Mrs. Clinton should not be president of the United States."
But Gingrich's marital past could be an issue with evangelicals, according to Land.
"He has expressed repentance over [that] and he has asked for forgiveness – and of course, I'm a Christian [and] I believe in forgiveness," states the seminary president. "But I think a total of six wives for the president and vice president together is probably a few too many to make most evangelicals comfortable."
Land says selecting a top-notch VP running mate will be important in convincing some skeptical Republicans and evangelicals to vote for Trump. That's one reason he gives high marks to Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, whose name also has emerged in recent days.
"I can't imagine you could make a better choice than Mike Pence," says Land. "In full disclosure, I know Governor Pence; I've known his since he was a congressman. He is as rock solid as he could be."
Fox News reports that other names being mentioned for consideration on the VP "short list" are Senators Jeff Sessions (Alabama) and Tom Cotton (Arkansas), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.