Don’t expect to see Newt Gingrich opining on Fox News Channel for a while. The cable news bet just announced that it is suspending — temporarily but immediately and “mutually” — its contributor deal with the former House Speaker, who is shortlisted to be Donald Trump’s GOP running mate.
“Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich effective immediately,” said Jay Wallace, EVP News at FNC. “Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich’s potential selection as Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise.”
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Trump has said that he will make a potential VP choice by the end of the week. Gingrich, a former panelist on CNN’s Crossfire, had a tryout of sorts last week, when he spoke at an event with the presumptive Republican nominee. New Jersey governor and fellow shortlister Chris Christie joined Trump last night, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is getting an audition tonight at a rally in the Hoosier State. If Pence — who has had his policy difference with Trump and is less well known on the national stage — gets the nod as running mate, he would have to quit his re-election race under Indiana law.
Meanwhile, over on MSNBC, the talk was betting odds on Trump choice. What — no money on Little Marco or Lyin’ Ted?
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