Indiana Gov. Pence to endorse Cruz: report

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will endorse Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE on Friday, ABC's Jonathan Karl reported.

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The popular Hoosier State governor is slated to make a "significant announcement" on a radio show hosted by Greg Garrison. 

Speaking to the media in Indianapolis on Friday morning, Cruz did not confirm an endorsement was coming. But he called Pence an “optimistic, positive, unifying force” and a “strong leader that I respect.”

"I'd enthusiastically welcome his support," Cruz said, adding that he looked forward with anticipation to the radio announcement. 

He went on to tout endorsements from other Republicans and former GOP rivals in a call for the party to "unite."

Carly Fiorina, Cruz's newly announced running mate, slammed rival Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE for touting the endorsement of boxing legend Mike Tyson, who in 1992 was convicted of rape in Indianapolis and spent three years in prison.

"I think it says a lot about Donald Trump's campaign and his character that he is standing up and cheering for an endorsement from Mike Tyson," Fiorina said. 

Indiana and its 57 delegates are essential to a plan by Cruz and third-place candidate John Kasich to deny Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to lock up the nomination. Kasich has pulled out of Indiana to clear a path for Cruz, and Cruz is doing the same for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico.

Fiorina said she sees no reason for any Indiana voters to support Kasich, arguing that “a vote for John Kasich is a vote for Donald Trump."

"If you want to beat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE and you want a conservative who is going to stand in the White House for you and fight with you, you've got to vote for Ted Cruz," she said. "John Kasich is throwing your vote away."

- Updated at 10:58 a.m.