Trump to meet Indiana Governor Mike Pence
over the weekend
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[July 02, 2016]
By Emily Stephenson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump will
meet this weekend with Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Pence spokesman
said on Friday, after a report the governor was being vetted as a
potential running mate for the Republican presidential candidate.
As the Republican candidate for vice president, Pence, a social
conservative from a Midwestern state, could help the real estate
mogul reassure wary Republicans.
The governor, who faces a tight race for re-election to a second
term in Indiana, has praised Trump in the past but did not back him
in the Republican Party's nominating race.
"Governor Pence has accepted an invitation to spend a little time
with Mr. Trump this weekend," said Marc Lotter, deputy campaign
manager of Pence's re-election effort. "This meeting is very
consistent with meetings Mr. Trump is holding with many key party
Earlier, MSNBC, citing unnamed sources, said Trump is considering
Pence, 57, as a potential running mate. The network, which first
reported the upcoming meeting, said it was part of the vetting
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich are also under consideration
to be Trump's running mate, sources told Reuters.
"Trump is meeting with a number of Republican leaders in the run-up
to the convention in Cleveland, and he has a good relationship with
Gov. Pence," Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said in an email.
Republicans will hold their party convention July 18-21 in Cleveland
to formally pick their nominee ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence addresses members of the National Rifle
Association during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at their annual
meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers
Trump, 70, a real estate mogul and former television reality star,
was scheduled to speak at rally in Colorado on Friday.
He has said he has narrowed down his potential running mates to five
or six contenders, according to media reports.
On Thursday, Pence told reporters he had not spoken with Trump since
before Indiana's May 3 primary contest, MSNBC said. The governor had
earlier pledged to back former Trump rival Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator
from Texas and Tea Party favorite.
(Additional reporting by Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson in
Washington and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Writing by Susan Heavey and
Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Tom Brown)
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