Wolf Shuts Down VP Speculation
We can rule one Pennsylvanian out of joining the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.
In an interview on WITF’s “Smart Talk,” on Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf, joined by his wife, Frances Wolf, said it’s an “absolute no” on the possibility of joining the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket as a nominee for vice president.
“We saw several social media posts, where I saw mention of you as a possible candidate, as a running mate, for one of the Democratic candidates for President,” said WITF’s Scott LaMar.
“The answer is no,” Frances and Tom Wolf, both said.
“So that is an absolute no,” LaMar asked.
“Yeah, it’s an absolute no,” Gov. Wolf said.
Wolf added that he “seriously doubts” that he would be asked to join the ticket as well.
The interview comes one day after President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a rally in Hershey, marking Trump’s fourth visit to the state in 2019, highlighting the importance of securing the keystone state in the upcoming election.
A number of recent polls show that Pennsylvania is up for grabs in the upcoming election, with Trump and the leading Democrats rather close in hypothetical head to head matchups.
Last night, Trump cited a FireHouse Strategies poll at his rally that was released earlier this week that showed him leading all the highest polling Democrats in a hypothetical head to head matchup in three key battleground states, including Pennsylvania. The Democrat within the closest margin to Trump in the state’s poll was former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg trailing by 4 points, while his largest lead in a hypothetical head to head matchup was over Sen. Bernie Sanders by 10 points. However, Firehouse Strategies is a public affairs firm founded by 3 senior aides on Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Outside of the poll from the GOP-friendly firm, multiple recent polls released prior to the impeachment hearings showed Trump trailing or in a dead heat with the leading Democrats.
A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released in mid-November showed Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by 9 points, and trailing both Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders by 5 points in a hypothetical showdown in Pennsylvania. Earlier in November, a New York Times/Siena College poll showed Trump trailing Biden by 3 points among registered voters, behind Sanders by 1 point, and tied with Warren in Pennsylvania, although all results were within the margin of error.
Wolf cruised in his 2018 reelection bid by besting GOP state Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) by 17 points.