INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had been expected to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday morning based on information from multiple sources. However because of an attack in France that left dozens dead, he tweeted a message announcing the delay:
CBS News’ Major Garrett reported Thursday that Trump is expected to formally call Pence Thursday afternoon. WISH-TV in Indianapolis reported before 5 p.m. that Pence had boarded a plane bound for New Jersey.
Trump’s camp said he would make the announcement in a scheduled a public appearance Friday at 11 a.m. in Manhattan.
Trump spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Indiana with Pence after a campaign rally in Westfield. The governor met with Trump’s family early Wednesday.
Pence rose to the top of Trump’s list of potential running mate candidates as a steady, disciplined counterpart to Trump’s bravado. A former U.S. Congressman, Pence was elected as Indiana governor in 2012 on a platform of staunch conservative values.
Pence, 57, has been considered a potential presidential candidate in several elections, including 2008 and 2012. He is perhaps best known nationally for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act he signed last year that was thought to allow for discrimination against the LGBT community. Corporations and conventions threatened to boycott the state in its wake, and ultimately a watered-down version of the law was passed and signed by Pence later.
Alongside Trump means Pence will pull out of his re-election campaign for Indiana governor. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita said they would run for the office against Democrat John Gregg.