Reports: Donald Trump Will Pick Mike Pence

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Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Donald Trump will name Mike Pence as his running mate, tapping the Indiana governor as his vice presidential nominee ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention, according to multiple news outlets.

But a Trump spokesman is denying that anyone has been chosen. “A decision has not been made by Mr. Trump,” spokesman Jason Miller wrote on Twitter in response to the reports. “He will be making a decision in the future and will be announcing his Vice Presidential pick tomorrow at 11am as planned.”

Roll CallCBS News and the Indianapolis Star cited sources on Thursday saying Trump would tap Pence. The New York Times reported that Trump has “signaled strongly to Republicans in Washington that he will pick Mike Pence.”

Trump will publicly rally with his running mate in New York on Friday morning.

Hailing from what could be a battleground state in the general election, Pence, a 57-year-old former radio host, has Washington legislative experience as a former congressman and executive experience as governor of Indiana. He’s a Christian conservative popular with movement and tea party conservatives.

He hasn’t always embraced Trump. Pence endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Indiana Republican primary this year.

Others under consideration for vice president in recent days include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Lieutenant General Mike Flynn.

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