The hosts of Bloomberg Masters in Politics podcast Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin are in Cleveland covering the Republican National Convention this week.
As the GOP is trying to quell divisions within their ranks, they spoke with the former head of the Republican Party, Mike Duncan.
Duncan discussed a couple of theories about the conspicuous number of empty seats at this year’s nominating convention. “I suspect that future conventions may learn something from this one. I’m not sure that we’re going to need four days in the future. I think maybe programs will be a little bit tighter in the future.”
Duncan also expressed optimism that Donald Trump would be able to unify the Republican Party. “Party unity is important for anyone running for president,” Duncan said. “You’ve got to get somewhere around 90% of the support for your party to have a chance to get elected if you look at historic trends. I assume that that will continue in the future and I see Donald Trump moving toward that.”
He also made some predictions for Trump’s cabinet picks if he were to become president. “He’s talked about some of them. I think you see Governor Christie obviously. Newt Gingrich is someone being discussed in a very high role.” Duncan said that he believed Trump would make announcements beforehand. “That would be my recommendation.”