Trump, family meet at Pence's home amid VP speculation

Gingrich also traveled to Indianapolis on Wednesday after requesting a meeting with Trump, according to CNN. Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he also is eyeing Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as a potential pick.

"It's great, great to have them in Indiana".

"I am not saying there is not going to be any support", for Pence if he his chosen as Trump's running mate, "but I am saying it would not be optimal for him", Perkins said.

On Wednesday night, Trump announced on Twitter that he would name his choice for running mate Friday at 11 a.m.in Manhattan. That is the same day Pence would have to surrender his bid for re-election as governor.

But that didn't necessarily rule out other short-listers, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. "I mean, he's got to think about what's the chemistry he wants and that's the person he should pick".

Next door, at The Capital Grille, local politicians and lobbyists buzzed about what the future held in store for homeboy Pence, who rocketed up the list of possible vice presidential nominees after spending significant face time with Trump in the last few days. A former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has also been considered a possibility.

Less than an hour later, Gingrich appeared on the network and suggested Trump's decision was imminent. (Chris Christie metwith the candidate's children Tuesday, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports.) NBC'sreporting shows that the candidate's advisers are split, with some (mostnotably his family) warm towards Gingrich, while others (including some of hismost powerful campaign aides) are advocating for Pence as a choice to unite theparty.

NEWS BRIEF This could be awkward: Donald Trump has invited some of his top contenders for the vice-presidential slot to in, the home state of one of their competitors, Governor Mike Pence.

In a rather big blow to Pence's chances of becoming Trump's running mate, Trump told The Wall Street Journal in a telephone interview on Tuesday that whomever he taps as his number two must be an attack dog. "Details to follow", the presumptive Republican presidential nominee tweeted on Wednesday night. He was set to meet with Trump Wednesday, CNN reported.

Once a hero of social conservatives, Pence ran into controversy past year for a "religious freedom law" that would have allowed individuals and corporations to cite their religious beliefs as a reason to refuse goods or services.

The former Georgia congressman suspended his role as a paid contributor on Fox News Tuesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, Pence said he was "humbled to be a part" of the process.

Heading into the Democratic convention, Clinton has tried to present herself as a unifying figure against Republican Donald Trump. Their governing experience and popularity among the party's conservative base would mark a sharp contrast to Trump, whose brand of politics has alienated hard-line conservatives and establishment Republicans alike.

Christie, 53, a one-time rival to Trump in the presidential race, is seen as a kindred spirit of Trump who would be a strong counterpuncher to Democrat Hillary Clinton, 68.

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