INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will almost certainly be chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, according to a new report from the Washington Times.
The politically-conservative newspaper reported on Sunday that sources say Pence has a “95 percent probability” of being Trump’s VP choice. The sources are Republicans “close to the campaign and to the governor,” the paper says.
Appearing to back up the Pence-Trump rumors, Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma sought advice from a lawyer on how to prepare a run for governor, the newspaper further reports.
The governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee met in New Jersey last weekend. Trump tweeted afterward that he was “very impressed” with Pence, but the former Indianapolis radio host and congressman said Thursday he had not been offered the VP position.
ANNOUNCEMENT COMING TUESDAY?
Trump’s campaign is planning a rally in Westfield on Tuesday immediately after a fundraiser in downtown Indianapolis with Pence. The rally is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Park Events Center. Tickets are available on Trump’s campaign website. You can watch the rally live on WISHTV.com Tuesday evening.
Pence is considered a leading candidate to be Trump’s running mate. He’s listed as a host of Tuesday’s private fundraiser on an invitation obtained by The Associated Press. A Pence spokesman confirmed the governor’s plans to attend the private fundraiser. Tickets range from $2,700 per person to $250,000 per couple.
Pence is expected to attend the rally, which would be the latest in a series of apparent auditions for Trump’s vice presidential prospects.
Trump is expected to name his choice in the coming days. Pence must decide by July 15 to either continue his campaign for governor or run as Trump’s running mate. If he accepts the VP nod, the state Republican committee will choose a new gubernatorial candidate to run against John Gregg in November.
PENCE BACKED CRUZ OVER TRUMP
It was only a few months ago when Indiana’s governor was faced with a choice: support then Republican presidential candidate and traditional conservative Ted Cruz or back the popular and bombastic Donald Trump. Pence chose Cruz.
If reports are true, the billionaire businessman who finds himself atop the Republican ticket is apparently quick to forgive.