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Open Letter on Vice President

The opening of the Republican National Convention is now just 10 days away and presumptive nominee Donald Trump has not yet named his running mate.

As the Republican National Convention gets closer and the field of potential vice presidential candidates narrows, and the Republican establishment gets more desperate to retain its power, the likelihood increases that there will be a final push to put an establishment "unity" candidate on the ticket with Donald Trump.

I am particularly concerned that names like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich and even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan continue to surface as possible nominees for Vice President.

In an effort to ensure that Donald Trump chooses a limited government constitutional conservative as his running mate I invite you to join me on this open letter to Mr. Trump urging him to choose a conservative to join him on the 2016 GOP ticket. My deadline for signatures is close of business Monday, July 11 and I plan to release the letter and names to the media on Tuesday, July 12.

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DRAFT Open Letter on Vice President

Dear Mr. Trump:

With just a week to go until the Republican National Convention opens, we believe your number one job is to unite conservatives and center-right Republicans behind your candidacy.

This is the most important decision you will make between now and Election Day and if you don't get it right it will crash your campaign and crush your chances of defeating Hillary Clinton.

And getting it right means avoiding candidates for Vice President who will alienate conservatives and call into question your commitment to govern according to conservative principles.

We therefore urge you to avoid considering candidates with anti-conservative records, such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and others who have failed to defend our constitutional liberties and use the power the Constitution bestowed upon them to stop President Obama's fundamental transformation of America.

Mr. Trump, in the past several election cycles millions of conservative voters have stayed home because the Republican candidate for President failed to campaign as a conservative. Conservatives are not a wing of the Republican Party that can be bought-off or mollified with interest group-type favors – we are the Republican Party.

To close the deal with right-of-center voters, your choice of Vice President is the clearest and most important signal you can send to conservatives that you will govern as a conservative. We therefore urge you, as partners in the new populist – conservative coalition that will elect you President if it remains united, to choose a principled limited government constitutional conservative as your running mate.

Respectfully,

(Name of organization listed for identification purposes only)