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Trump looking at Senator Ernst as potential VP pick

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An Iowan is seriously eyed as a potential Vice President. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted he's meeting with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst in New Jersey, as he looks for a potential running mate. 

Trump's tweet adding a lot of speculation as to who he will take on as a running mate.

Trump has been outwardly spoken and criticized for lacking government expertise since the start. Now, all eyes on Trump to see who will stand by him in the election.  

Donald Trumps newest campaign attack?  Firing off at critics of his potential Vice Presidential picks. 

Trump tweeting, "The only people who are not interested in being the V.P. pick are the people who have not been asked!"

"This is about America first, this is about putting our Country first," said Trump in a previous appearance in California. 

Today, Trump met with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst in New Jersey, firing speculation if Ernst could be Trumps pick for running mate. 

KWWL Political Analyst Chris Larimer says he's not surprised by the attraction in the Trump campaign for Ernst. 

"Ernst being a relative newcomer to politics, someone who isn't embedded in the Washington establishment," said Larimer. "She's been obviously very outspoken of the Obama administration."

"I always say the system's rigged," said Trump. It's rigged. And it's rigged against the people. It's not rigged for the special interest and the lobbyist or people that want certain things."

A message Senator Ernst made clear during her campaign two years ago. 

"It's a mess," said Ernst in a 2014 campaign ad. "Dirty, noisy. And it stinks. Not this lot. I'm talking about the one in Washington."

Ernst is not the only one on the list.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence also on that list. Pence revealed very few details about his meeting with Trump over the weekend. 

"I haven't spoken to him about that topic," said Pence. "But my focus is here in the Hoosier state and that's where it'll stay."

Senator Ernst said she had a good conversation with Donald Trump today.

"Iowans are frustrated by the current direction of our country - and we simply cannot afford to continue these failed policies under Hillary Clinton, " said Ernst. 

The Republican Convention starts July 18th in Cleveland. There are reports Trump will announce a Vice Presidential pick before the GOP gathering begins. 

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