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The Schmooze

Ivanka Trump for (Jewish) Vice President?

How do you feel about an all-Trump presidential ticket? If you’re excited by the prospect (or if you were hoping for the first Jewish vice president), we have good news for you.

CNN reports that Ivanka Trump’s name was first floated as a possible Vice Presidential candidate alongside her father by Senator Bob Corker on Wednesday. As the Republican Senator from Tennessee removed himself from consideration, he told CNN’s Manu Raju that Trump’s “best running mate, by the way, would be Ivanka.”

Corker added that though this choice “would not pass muster,” he feels the presumptive Republican nominee’s Jewish daughter is “most impressive.”

Ivanka Trump,34, is not the only Trump sibling Corker would like to see on the ticket, he said Eric Trump and even Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, would be good options. Kushner is Jewish and Ivanka, his wife, converted to Judaism.

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Eric Trump went on to praise his sister on Fox News Thursday morning, saying “She’s certainly got my vote. She’s got the beautiful looks, she’s smart, she’s smart, smart, smart,” he said, adding that he had “no announcement to make on VP.”

Ivanka Trump has been an ardent supporter and defender of her father’s controversial sound bytes and tweets. In October she told CNN, “I don’t think that he’s gender-targeted at all, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, I wouldn’t be a high-level executive within his organization, if he felt that way.”

If the mother of three does get that close to the presidency, she would be the first Jew to hold the nation’s No. 2 office. With her 35th birthday in October, Ivanka Trump would just make the constitutional age requirement for the office.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman was the first Jew to run on a major-party ticket when he was picked to be Al Gore’s vice presidential candidate in 2000, but they lost the famously disputed election to George W. Bush.

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