Mia Love to skip GOP convention
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Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) said Friday she will skip this summer's GOP convention, just hours after a former Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE adviser mentioned her as a possible running mate.


Love told The Salt Lake Tribune she saw no benefit in attending the convention, where Trump is set to claim the party's nomination for president.

"I don't see any upsides to it," Love said. "I don't see how this benefits the state."

She is the only member of Utah's 40-person delegation planning to skip the convention, the Tribune said.

Love would not say whether she will vote for Trump in November, but ruled out voting for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy Biden hits back after Trump's attacks on Harris MORE.

"Being thoughtful and taking my time and not blindly following is representing my district well," Love said.

Love dismissed talk that she is being considered as Trump's running mate, saying she has never met or spoken to Trump and has no knowledge of a relationship between her campaign and his.

Asked whether she would consider being Trump's running mate, she said: "I'm endeared and close to the people I represent, and I'm not going to abandon them. I've just gotten started, and there's a lot of work to do."

Former Trump aide Michael Caputo on Friday told Fox News Radio that there is a relationship between the two campaigns and "people are looking at her."

"The two people I think you should look at, and these are unorthodox, first is Mia Love, the congresswoman, somebody who is an African-American leader with really bright ideas and an ability to communicate," he said.

Caputo noted he hasn't been involved in vice presidential conversations with the Trump campaign.