Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump expected to make VP announcement on Friday

He tossed out enough red meat rhetoric about Obamacare and Benghazi to turn what had been a relatively lukewarm initial response into a roar by the end. RAUNER ABSENT FROM TRUMP APPEARANCE IN CHICAGORepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump is in Chicago and the state's top Republican - Gov. Bruce Rauner - was not with him. And he displayed the raw ambition that you'd expect from a politician seeking to move up the political ladder.

U.S. media reported that Mr Trump might announce his vice presidential pick later this week - Thursday or Friday.

Trump praised Pence at the end of what was a meandering speech - attacking rival Hillary Clinton often but also wandering off into other topics such as immigration and trade and back again.

"The Indiana governor and former congressman has already passed one important hurdle, the source said: "(The) Pence vet was completely clean and that mattered. But Trump did not return the favor by naming Pence as his vice presidential nominee.

Jay Wallace, executive vice president of news at Fox, said yesterday the network thought it was best to stop Gingrich as a contributor to avoid any conflicts of interest.

Trump will take the stage around 7:30 the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield.

"We have to figure out what is going on", Trump said.

Can Pence perform in the role of running mate? All three have had "auditions" as Trump's partner by opening for the presumed GOP nominee at speeches over the last week. "Good enough", he said, and that summed it up perfectly. Trump met privately with Pence before Indiana's primaries, seeking his endorsement.

One of Trump's closest confidants, Christie is one of his party's most effective attack dogs and a talented retail campaigner, and has proven to be a crowd-pleaser on the trail. Ted Cruz's devastating loss against Trump here in May.

For the last few weeks, Pence's name has been floated as a possible running mate for Trump. "Anyone who did that should be disqualified from ever being commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States of America". In a 1991 essay titled "Confessions of a Negative Campaigner", Pence swore off harsh political tactics he used in "one of the most divisive and negative campaigns in Indiana's modern congressional history" while calling for "basic human decency". "But I'm supporting Donald Trump because we need change in this country", Pence said.

"I don't know if he's going to be your governor or your vice president. I actually served with him, and he is the nicest socialist I have served with in Washington, D.C.", Pence said.

Trump called Pence a "good man" during his unscripted remarks, but also teased the crowd.

"I think he is going to be a great president", he told a group of reporters. Trump is expecting to take in more than $1 million in campaign fundraising help fromt he pricey event, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Earlier in the day, Pence declined to directly answer questions about how he would address significant differences with Trump. Around Indianapolis, yard signs that read, "Pence must go", can be seen in front of some houses.

On one hand, there's Pence, the self-confessed opponent of negative campaigning. "Who the hell knows?" he said to raucous cheers.

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