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May 16, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called on Donald Trump to incorporate "a degree of diversity" on his ticket.

"Now whether it be diversity of age, or whether it be diversity of gender or ethnic background — somehow or another," Preibus said Monday on The Hugh Hewitt Show, also stressing that "a seasoned veteran" would make a good running mate. "Diversity is important in some respects."

Ben Carson told The Washington Post on Sunday that Trump's vice presidential short list includes John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Chris Christie. However, Trump quickly disputed that list.

Listen to Priebus talk vice presidents below. Julie Kliegman

May 15, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at Texas' Republican convention on Saturday about the need for "a president who will have your back," CNN reports. He didn't ever mention presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, whom he hasn't endorsed.

Some state delegates reportedly expressed uncertainty about voting for Trump and disappointment at Cruz's dropping out earlier in May.

"I don't know if I'm going to support Trump or not," one delegate said. "I think it's up to Trump to court conservatives." Julie Kliegman

May 9, 2016

Donald Trump named Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) his would-be transition chairman Monday, his campaign announced. This is the latest move in the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's attempt to gear up for the general election.

"I am honored by the confidence being placed in me by Mr. Trump and look forward to putting together a first rate team to assemble an administration to help best serve the president-elect and the nation," Christie said in a statement.

The governor endorsed Trump in February, after dropping out of the race himself. There might be a lot more of this face in Christie's future. Julie Kliegman

April 24, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) snagged at least 65 of the 94 delegates awarded Saturday, boosting his shot at winning the Republican National Convention's hypothetical second ballot, should Donald Trump not secure the Republican Party's nomination outright.

The senator picked up 19 of 20 delegates in Maine, 36 of 37 in Utah, nine in Minnesota, and one in South Carolina, Politico reports. Kentucky delegates did not reveal their leanings.

Most delegates need to vote in accordance with state results in the first ballot, but can switch allegiances afterward. Julie Kliegman

April 21, 2016

The Republican National Committee began holding its three-day spring meeting at a seaside resort in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday, and the Ted Cruz and Donald Trump campaigns are there courting Republican officials, especially in states that haven't voted yet. Cruz himself met with RNC members, telling reporters that even after his loss in New York, "what's clear today is that we are headed to a contested convention." If Trump doesn't win on the first ballot in Cleveland, "I believe we will have a tremendous advantage in that battle," Cruz said.

Trump was campaigning in Indiana on Wednesday, decrying the RNC's "rigged, crooked system," but his new political director, Rick Wiley, was at the luxury Florida resort holding private meetings with GOP officials. Other top aides will make Trump's case to RNC officials on Thursday. Cruz and Gov. John Kasich can no longer win the Republican nomination outright, so they are working to stop Trump from getting a majority of delegates.

Trump, after losing several state delegate fights with Cruz, has beefed up his staff with veteran campaign consultants, and he says he is going to start using a teleprompter for some speeches and, for the first time, hire a speechwriter. "The campaign is evolving and transitioning, and so am I," Trump told The Wall Street Journal. "I'll be more effective and more disciplined," he added. "I'm not going to blow it." But while he's hiring someone to write his speeches, "I'm still the same candidate," Trump told The Journal. "Can you imagine how upset my supporters would be after waiting for hours?" Peter Weber

April 4, 2016

While campaigning in Wisconsin on Monday, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said establishment Republicans picking a compromise candidate at the summer convention wouldn't go over well, BuzzFeed News reports.

"This fevered pipe dream of Washington, that at the convention they will parachute in some white knight who will save the Washington establishment, it is nothing less than a pipe dream," he said. "It ain't gonna happen. If it did, the people would quite rightly revolt."

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is rumored to be a popular choice for president among top Republicans, Politico reports, but he has repeatedly insisted he wouldn't accept the nomination. Julie Kliegman

March 31, 2016

Days after saying he was felt the Republican National Committee has treated him "very unfairly," Donald Trump met with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday in Washington to discuss party unity.

At the CNN Republican Town Hall on Tuesday, Trump also said he wouldn't stand by his pledge to support the party's nominee, but he tweeted after his visit he had a "very nice meeting" with Priebus and other GOP leaders and was "looking forward to bringing the Party together — and it will happen!"

Priebus said the meeting, which lasted less than an hour, was scheduled days ago, and the pair discussed the process heading into the party convention in July, Reuters reports. While Trump is the frontrunner, there may well be a contested convention, and Priebus told Fox News they "did talk about unity and working together and making sure when we go to Cleveland, and come out of Cleveland, that we're working in the same direction." Catherine Garcia

March 27, 2016

Republican presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have been sparring over their wives all week. On Sunday, opponent Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) called for an end to it on NBC's Meet the Press.

"Families have to be off-limits. I mean, you cannot get these attacks on families," he said. "And if this becomes the order of the day, what kind of people are we going to have in the future that are going to run for public office?"

Kasich, who has previously said he would support Trump if he were to become the Republican Party's nominee, told host Chuck Todd he'll review that choice every day as the election progresses. Julie Kliegman

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