Trump to pick Mike Pence as VP, sources say

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News corespondent Major Garrett, who was in Indianapolis this week for Donald Trump's visit, said that he was on a flight out of Indianapolis to NY with Marc Lotter, the deputy manager for Gov. Mike Pence's reelection campaign.

On Mr Trump's shortlist are believed to be IN governor Mike Pence, New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

Trump's campaign has announced it will officially make an announcement on who his pick is at 11 a.m. ET Friday in NY.

Mr Gingrich said he was expecting to hear from Mr Trump one way or the other some time after 1pm. Pence, as a former congressional leader, also has ties to the Koch brothers and other influential donors who have so far stayed away from Trump. The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call and other outlets also reported that Pence was selected or that Trump and Pence allies were strongly signaling so.

"I think it is appropriate that I make plain today that, should there be a sudden need to name a new nominee for governor, I will not present myself as a candidate nor would I accept the nomination if offered", he said in a statement to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

Pence's team has gotten word to start preparing to get the official nod Thursday, and the Trump campaign is now planning for the official nod Thursday, according to two sources familiar with the process. IN law stipulated he had to decide by Friday whether he wanted to run for governor or for vice president, as he can not run for both.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said Pence would be a good pick for Trump's vice president.

Trump, a newcomer who has ruffled too many feathers to count, could rely on Pence's seasoned experience as a politician.

Trump considered a broader group of candidates before settling on the three finalists. Sen. Joined by daughter Ivanka and sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, Trump also had breakfast with Pence and his wife, Karen, on Wednesday at the governor's residence in Indianapolis.

Pence campaigned with Trump at a rally in IN on Tuesday night, Gingrich campaigned with the presumptive nominee in OH last week, and Christie has been campaigning with the real estate mogul since his endorsement in February. Before that, he served as the representative of Indiana's 6th Congressional District from 2000 to 2012.

Pence's strong Christian identity could help shore up support among evangelicals for Trump.

Pence is to the right of Trump on social issues, signing restrictive abortion legislation and pushing to defund the Planned Parenthood women's healthcare organization.

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