Breaking this afternoon is news that Donald Trump appears poised to name Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential nominee. The two have been in close contact this week and sources indicate Pence will be in Manhattan tomorrow for the announcement alongside Trump. This would answer the question of why Pence was left off the list of RNC speakers which was released today.

Report from Roll Call:

Donald Trump is planning to announce that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice for his vice presidential running mate, according to a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision.

As Trump narrowed in on his choice of Pence, the two men spent time at both Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey in early July and at the Indiana governor’s mansion this week.

In addition to testing the men’s chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence’s calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence’s potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.

Trump’s campaign tweeted that no decision has been made and that the announcement will be made publicly at an event at Trump Tower at 11 a.m. Friday morning.

In addition to Pence, Trump has considered former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Army Gen. Michael Flynn for the No. 2 spot on his ticket. Some contenders, including Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Joni Ernst of Iowa, took themselves out of the running.

Trump’s team stresses that no decision has formally been made, but all the signs are pointing to Pence from within the campaign. The New York Times is reporting the same thing.

Pence is a departure from the likes of Newt Gingrich or Chris Christie, both of whom are firebrands of political engagement. Pence is rather quiet in comparison, and up until very recently, had no prior relationship with Trump. Apparently the rally in Indiana went well this week and Pence must have impressed Trump’s family who was also in attendance for meetings with the Indiana Governor in recent days.

There’s definitely some strategy involved in picking someone without the major baggage like Gingrich. Pence is well-known for his strong evangelical beliefs and will probably serve as a balance to let Trump run more moderately on some issues.

Look for the formal announcement Friday morning at 11am ET.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Trump really missed an opportunity. Jonathan Last, of Weekly Standard, says he should have made a REALITY SHOW out of it.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-trump-vp-selection-show/article/2003272

    It could have run all this week– Sunday through Friday, in prime time. Have Newt and Pence and Christie and Carson and Sessions and Ernst on the stage together–each pledging undying love for the billionaire. Then have each go on a luxurious (network-paid) date with The Donald.

    Each night’s show could have ended with Trump telling one prospect, “You’re Fired.”

    On Friday, with the entire world watching, only Newt and Pence left, the spotlight would have gone directly on Trump. With the anguish of knowing he was going to break someone’s heart, he’d give a rose to one of them. The two would then hug, with the loser crying and saying how glad he was for the other. The winner saying, “it should have been you.”

    Then Trump would say to one of them, “now, get the hell otta here, you loser.”

  2. Not too happy with his pick but as long as Corrupt lying Hillary don’t
    get it I will be OK with it but do think he is making a mistake!

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