Published: Fri, July 15, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Mike Pence accepts Donald Trump's offer for vice president spot

Barrett said he was behind Trump "150 percent", and that to whatever extent voters doubted Trump's conservative bona fides, Pence's selection as vice president would clear up any misunderstanding.

Republican Donald Trump neared the end of his vice presidential search on Thursday, with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich appearing as the front-runners on the eve of Trump's announcement of his pick.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Pence had been chosen and a Trump campaign insider confirmed the candidate was moving in that direction, with the caveat that nothing was certain until the actual announcement. His staff has not released details of any other planned appearances on Thursday.

Pence has until noon Friday to formally withdraw from the IN governor's race.

Mike Pence has been Indiana's governor since 2012.

A Republican official in touch with Pence's associates said Thursday morning that Pence told those associates he was convinced he was going to be the pick after his Wednesday meeting with Trump. However, the documents have not been filed, according to the Republican, who insisted on anonymity because that person was not authorized to publicly discuss Pence's plans.

And Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions arrived in Indianapolis to meet with Trump to serve as another adviser as the presumptive GOP nominee makes his final decision on a running mate.

"A decision will be made in the near future and the announcement will be tomorrow at 11 NY", campaign chairman Paul Manafort wrote.

Trump has also spoken in recent days with Christie, a former presidential candidate who was among the first establishment Republicans to endorse the NY businessman. Reached by phone later, Gingrich said he had not heard from Trump, but still expected to receive word Thursday afternoon.

The decision will be officially announced tomorrow in New York City at 11 a.m. I hope that he picks a good movement conservative.

Pence, a veteran politician with years of legislative experience, could offset some of Trump's electoral weaknesses. Many are wondering what Trump will say and do if he secures the nomination, and many are waiting to see who Trump's right-hand man (or woman) will be - who will be Trump's running mate and the Republican party's 2016 Vice Presidential candidate?

Beyond their political backgrounds, the finalists bring different strengths to the ticket.

Pence, who previously supported Ted Cruz, is a hard-lined Christian conservative, representing the rank-and-file Republican coalition that's found little representation in Trump's more populist brand of conservatism.

WND reported three days ago political insiders said Pence is the most likely VP candidate, with sources close to Trump and Pence saying there's a "95 percent probability" the IN governor is going to be the pick. Essentially, it allowed people and businesses to deny services to LGBT people if they had a strong enough religious belief. The Times cautioned, however, that "the party's mercurial presidential candidate may still backtrack on his apparent choice".

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