INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— A source with Donald Trump’s Indiana campaign confirms to FOX59 Trump has selected Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump will officially announce his vice presidential pick at 11 a.m. Friday at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan.
Speculation heightened Thursday as Pence’s deputy campaign manager, Marc Lotter, was spotted on a flight from Indy to NYC.
News correspondent Major Garrett, who was in Indianapolis this week for Donald Trump’s visit, said that he was on a flight out of Indianapolis to New York with Marc Lotter, the deputy manager for Gov. Mike Pence’s reelection campaign.
“I’m sure just coincidence,” Garrett tweeted.
Garrett also said Lotter confirmed to him that Pence had purchased advertising time for his reelection and noted that the purchases are refundable. He added the hashtag #headfakes to the tweet.
Pence has emerged as the front runner as Trump considers his options for a running mate. Pence hosted Trump at the Governor’s Residence Wednesday morning following Trump’s rally in Westfield, Indiana Tuesday evening.
Trump also met with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) in Indianapolis Wednesday. Trump will formally announce his pick for vice president Friday, although word of his final selection could leak sometime Thursday.
Also Thursday, Roll Call reported the news, citing a Republican source.
The report in part read:
In addition to testing the men’s chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence’s calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence’s potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.