The Latest: Trump leans against public financing of campaign

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Posted: May 10, 2016 5:34 PM
The Latest: Trump leans against public financing of campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on AP's interview with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump (all times local):

5 p.m.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump says he's leaning against accepting public financing for his general election campaign.

That's an option that would save him the arduous task of raising vast sums of money to pay for his campaign, but also would put strict limits on what he can spend.

In a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press, Trump says he doesn't like the idea of taking taxpayer money to run a campaign and says he thinks it's inappropriate.

Major party presidential nominees may elect to receive a lump sum of roughly $94 million to pay for a general-election campaign. Doing so means they cannot raise any additional money and agree to a spending limit.

That would also foreclose the billionaire's ability to give his campaign a significant amount of his own money.

Trump says he doesn't know how much his general-election campaign will cost, but expects to spend "a lot of money."

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4:25 p.m.

Donald Trump says he's narrowed his list of potential running mates to "five or six people," all with deep political resumes.

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he has not ruled out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a former rival who has embraced the billionaire's campaign with gusto.

Trump says said he's prioritizing political experience, because he wants a vice president to help him "with legislation, getting things through" Washington if he wins the White House.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer are among the Republicans who have suggested they would be open to joining Trump on the GOP ticket.

Others have ruled out being considered, including Trump's former primary rival, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.