Pence Meets With Trump As Search For Running Mate Heats Up

Jul 1, 2016

Gov. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, (left), will meet this weekend with presumed Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump (right).
Credit Gretchen Frazee, Barbara Brosher

Governor Mike Pence will meet with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this weekend as rumors swirl around Pence as a potential pick for Trump’s running mate.

With the Republican National Convention a few weeks away, the Trump campaign is in the vetting process for vice presidential candidates.

And Pence campaign spokesman Marc Lotter confirms the governor will, in Lotter’s words, “spend a little time” with Trump this weekend.

Lotter says the meeting is consistent with other meetings Pence has taken with party leaders.

The Indiana Democratic Party accuses Pence of being more concerned with his own political ambitions than his job as governor, and says Pence wants to hit the eject button on his reelection campaign.

Lotter insists the governor is committed to Indiana.

If Pence is chosen to be Trump’s running mate, he has until July 15 to remove his name as a governor candidate on the November ballot.

His replacement on the ticket would be chosen by the Indiana Republican Party state committee.

During the May primary campaign, Pence endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination.

But at that time, Pence also said he would support the eventual party nominee, and that he was glad to have Trump’s voice in the national debate.

Last month, Pence characterized as “inappropriate” Trump’s comments that an American-born judge of Mexican heritage made the judge unfit to handle the lawsuit pending against Trump University.

The judge, Gonzalo Curiel, was born in East Chicago, Indiana, in 1953, and earned a bachelors degree, as well as his law degree, from Indiana University.