CBS News: Trump to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as running mate

Mike Pence
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

(WJHL) – CBS News is reporting that GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.

This week, we learned that Pence was on the shortlist for Vice Presidential nominee along with two others, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Thursday morning, Gingrich praised Trump in an interview with the Associated Press. He praised Trump for running a “very fair, open process” and said he looked forward to the businessman’s decision.

Trump and his running mate will make their first joint appearance Friday in New York, just days before the Republican National Convention gets underway in Cleveland next week.

Pence is poised to drop out of his race for re-election, if it turns out he’s Trump’s choice. Indiana law would prevent him from seeking two offices at once. A Republican source says the paperwork has been drawn up for Pence to withdraw from the governor’s race, but that the documents haven’t yet been filed.

Gingrich held a Facebook discussion on the Vice Presidential selection process Thursday afternoon.

Ryan: Pence would be a good, conservative VP

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would be a good pick for Donald Trump’s vice president. Ryan says it’s no secret he’s a big fan of Pence’s and holds him in very high regard.

Ryan told reporters on Thursday: “I hope that he picks a good movement conservative. Clearly Mike is one of those.”

The Wisconsin Republican says he doesn’t know what Trump will do, and “I hope he makes a good pick and clearly that would be a good one.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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