Sources: Mike Pence Is Trump's Pick for VP

But the 'mercurial presidential candidate' still has time to change his mind
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2016 1:12 PM CDT
Sources: Mike Pence Is Trump's Pick for VP
Multiple sources are reporting Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be Donald Trump's running mate.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Multiple sources are reporting that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be Donald Trump's running mate, but the New York Times cautions that the "mercurial presidential candidate" could still change his mind. Trump isn't scheduled to announce his choice until Friday. Three anonymous sources tell the Times Trump advisers have "signaled strongly" to Republican officials that Pence will be Trump's running mate. Another source tells CNN Pence is the pick. And Newt Gingrich, once seen as the frontrunner for Trump's VP, says he "would not be at all surprised" if Trump went with Pence. But Trump's campaign chairman says they haven't informed anyone of a final decision, and a communications adviser says Trump himself hasn't even made a final decision. The Indy Star reports Pence has ended his re-election campaign, confirming he'll be Trump's running mate, despite a Trump spokesperson telling the Star that "a decision has not been made."

Pence was the leading candidate of the Republican establishment and is seen as a "cautious choice." The Pence pick could be an indication Trump is coming around toward more standard political behavior, according to the Times. The Hill has a list of five things to know about Pence, including factors that could both help and hurt Trump in the general election. Pence, a former congressman, is still well-liked by Republicans on Capitol Hill, including Paul Ryan, which could be a boon for Trump. He also has "deep ties" with the Koch brothers and other GOP donors, who Trump needs in order to make up fundraising ground against Hillary Clinton. Pence is also "deeply religious" and has a reputation as being anti-gay, especially after supporting a controversial religious freedom bill as governor. (More Mike Pence stories.)

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