Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump will name Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Friday, several U.S. media outlets report. Linda So has more.
Looks like Trump has picked his running mate. Several media outlets including Roll Call, The New York Times, and CBS report the Republican White House hopeful will name Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential pick on Friday. Roll Call cited an unidentified Republican with direct knowledge of the decision to choose the 57-year-old former U.S. congressman. According to the news outlet, Trump was impressed with Pence's calm manner and his experience on Capitol Hill and as governor. The two Republicans spent time this month testing their chemistry at the governor's residence in Indiana. Trump's decision to choose Pence is seen as one that could appeal to conservatives and boost his chances in a competitive state. The two appeared together at a rally in Indiana earlier in the week. Pence had backed Senator Ted Cruz in April before the Indiana primary, but he praised the real estate mogul and said he would work on behalf of the eventual Republican nominee. The Republican governor is seen as a safe choice, popular among conservatives with Midwestern appeal and the ability to rally more party faithful behind Trump. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were also rumored to be on Trump's shortlist. Trump has said he will formally announce his VP pick on Friday morning in Manhattan.