There has been a lot of talk about Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s pick for vice president the last few days and several names have been floated.
Donald originally said he would announce his pick for vice president at an event in Manhattan on Friday, but the pick was apparently leaked a day ahead of time with several major news outlets making the announcement.
According to several media outlets, including Reuters Politics, Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s running mate. Many people had thought former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had a real shot at becoming VP after he and Fox terminated his agreement as a commentator with the network.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Donald Trump’s campaign has “signaled strongly” that he will choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Trump’s advisers have notified national Republican officials that the presumptive nominee would make the announcement alongside Pence.
Here is the breaking announcement from several news organizations on Twitter:
BREAKING: Donald Trump picks Mike Pence as his running mate: Roll Call
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) July 14, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump picks Mike Pence as his running mate.
— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) July 14, 2016
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) July 14, 2016
According to his Wikipedia page:
Michael Richard “Mike” Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and attorney who is serving as the 50th Governor of Indiana, taking office in 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented Indiana’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013 and served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.
Pence is running for a second term as governor. He was unopposed in the May 3, 2016 Republican primary for governor. He faces Democrat John Gregg, former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, in a rematch of the 2012 race.
According to multiple sources, as of early July 2016 Pence was one of several candidates being vetted by the Donald Trump presidential campaign to join the ticket as the Republican nominee for Vice President, and, on July 12, 2016, evidently was among Trump’s top three choices. If Pence were picked for that position, he would be barred by Indiana law for running for another position (in this case, for governor) on the November ballot. Pence would be replaced by a selection made by the Indiana Republican State Central Committee. Indiana law mandates that candidate vacancies must be filled by July 15. He is the one of the two finalists on Donald Trump’s VP shortlist.