In a story published online Thursday, the New York Times says well-known talk show host Ann Coulter pushed Donald Trump to put Kris Kobach on the ticket:
Coulter has not always gotten her way with the candidate. At Mar-a-Lago that evening in March, she lobbied unsuccessfully for him to pick as his running mate Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, who is credited with selling Mitt Romney on “self-deportation.” And her book tour for “In Trump We Trust” hit a momentary snag when Trump told Sean Hannity that he would be open to “softening” his immigration stance, though Coulter chose to believe that, as she told me, “it was Hannity badgering him.”
Kobach endorsed Trump in February, long before other Kansas politicians. Talk of Kobach for veep has circulated for months.
Ultimately, Gov. Mike Pence ended up as Trump’s running mate.
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UPDATE: In a text message Thursday, Kobach said: “I’m honored that Ann has such confidence in me. But I’m very pleased with the choice of Governor Pence and support him 100 percent.”