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Published: Sun, July 17, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Mike Pence: 5 Things To Know About Donald Trump's Potential VP Pick

Mike Pence: 5 Things To Know About Donald Trump's Potential VP Pick

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is likely to pick Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, media reports in Washington said on Thursday.

A rollout in New York City had been planned for Friday at 11 a.m., but Trump tweeted Thursday evening that "in light of the awful attack in Nice, France", he was postponing that announcement.

While politics-watchers waited with bated breath for the businessman's anticipated Friday announcement, rumors circulated Thursday that Trump's selection would be Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a seasoned politician with strong conservative credentials.

In April, Pence said during a radio interview that he would vote for Trump's then-rival, Ted Cruz, in Indiana's Republican presidential primary.

Trump was reportedly choosing between former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort tweeted: "Re: @realDonaldTrump VP selection, a decision will be made in the near future and the announcement will be tomorrow at 11am in NY".

Pence has had a fraught relationship with IN reporters - not unlike Trump - fueled IN part by his quickly abandoned 2015 plans to launch a state-run news outlet called "Just IN".

Benioff was the first to speak out against the law, threatening to reduce the company's investment in the state - and later vowing to cancel all Salesforce programs that required customers or employees to travel to Indiana. The ensuing battle over the law saw Pence at odds with Indiana's business community amid calls for corporations to boycott the state, and his approval rating dropped as much as 15 points in some polls. Ted Cruz of Texas, in April before the in primary, but he praised the NY businessman and said he would work on behalf of the eventual Republican nominee.

Two would-be front-runners made it clear Thursday they are not seeking to replace Pence.

When he decided to make his political comeback bid in 2000, by running for the House seat opened when Republican David McIntosh ran (unsuccessfully) for governor, Pence easily beat five opponents in the primary and then topped Democratic lawyer Bob Rock by 25,000 votes.

Ms Ginsburg, the 83-year-old senior liberal member of the high court, inserted herself into the USA presidential election in recent days by making negative remarks about Mr Trump in a series of media interviews.

The convention and vice presidential announcement give Trump back-to-back opportunities to reassure Americans - as well as leaders within his own party - that he's prepared for the presidency.

The Wisconsin Republican says he doesn't know what Trump will do, and "I hope he makes a good pick and clearly that would be a good one".

Gingrich is one of the finalists to join Donald Trump on the November ticket.

Trump still faces the herculean task of uniting the Republican Party at the convention.

Mr Pence, 57, a former congressman, is seen as a safe choice who is popular among conservatives, with Midwestern appeal and the ability to rally more party faithful behind Mr Trump. Conservatives hoped that would lead to delegates blocking Trump's nomination.

Pence has also criticised Trump's proposal to ban Muslims temporarily from entering the country.

He says, "We'll find out what Donald Trump decides to do".

While Twitter buzzed, Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, pumped the brakes online.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence quickly exited a planned speaking event in Indianapolis shortly after releasing details about a new economic development initiative. Earlier Thursday, the former House speaker told The Associated Press that he expects to hear from Trump shortly after 1 p.m. about whether he's been chosen.

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