INDIANAPOLIS — Donald Trump has reportedly chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
Our sister station Fox 59 confirmed with Trump’s Indiana campaign chairman, Rex Early, that Trump has chosen Pence as his vice presidential pick.
Trump will make the pick official during an announcement at 11 a.m. Friday at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, Fox 59 reports.
Pence’s selection will give Trump a running mate with strong ties to the Republican base — particularly social conservatives. As governor, he faced major political backlash over his decision to sign into law a “religious freedom” measure that infuriated major businesses that saw it as anti-LGBT. He also signed a restrictive anti-abortion measure into law.
He was among the first Republicans to embrace the tea party on Capitol Hill. Pence, as a former congressional leader, also has ties to the Koch brothers and other influential donors who have so far stayed away from Trump.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had also been under consideration for the VP spot. Multiple sources said Trump’s shortlist also included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Pence has until noon on Friday to decide whether or not to pull his name off the ballot as governor — something he’d have to do in order to run as Trump VP, because of Indiana law.
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