Mike Pence, a former congressman, is seen as a safe choice, not too flashy but popular among conservatives
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14 of July 2016 12:08:01
WASHINGTON — Republican Donald Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Thursday, a U.S. news organizations reported, a move that will put at Trump's side a conservative with the potential to unify divided Republicans.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is to announce his choice on Friday at 11 a.m. in Manhattan. The choice of Pence was first reported by Roll Call; and the New York Times and CBS also said this was his pick.Sources had earlier told Reuters that Trump was leaning toward Pence.Trump is to be formally nominated as the party's candidate for the Nov. 8 election at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. Traditionally, the vice presidential choice is used to build enthusiasm among party loyalists.Trump's choice of running mate is seen as critical because his defeat of 16 rivals in the Republican primary race left the party divided and some party leaders are still uneasy about some of his campaign positions, and his style.Roll Call said Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence's calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence's potential to assist in governing if Trump wins in November. Trump, a New York businessman, has never held elected office.Trump had also considered former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, 73, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 53, as finalists.Gingrich told an ABC News correspondent earlier that he expected to hear Trump's decision after 1 p.m. EDT and would not be surprised if Trump chose Pence.Pence, 57, a former congressman, is seen as a safe choice, not too flashy but popular among conservatives, with Midwestern appeal and the ability to rally more party faithful behind Trump.Pence also could give a boost to Trump's campaign fundraising efforts. The governor has strong ties to billionaire donors Charles and David Koch, including current and former staff members who have worked for them.