Trump camp eyeing Mike Pence for VP: report
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE is considering Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) to be his running mate, NBC News reported Thursday.

Pence heard through an intermediary several weeks ago the presumptive GOP presidential nominee may want him for the vice presidency, the report said.


Pence, who is up for reelection this November, cast doubt on the rumors during a press conference at the time.

“You’d have to talk to their campaign about who they’re looking at or who they’re not looking at,” he said. "I’ll cut to the chase. I haven’t spoken to Donald Trump since before the Indiana primary and I certainly have never spoken to him about that topic.”

A Pence aide told NBC News the governor is not under consideration for a slot on Trump’s ticket this fall.

“Governor Pence hasn’t spoken to Mr. Trump since pre-Indiana primary, nor has he ever spoken to them about being VP — ever,” the aide said.

Pence remains in consideration, however, the report said.

Rex Early, Trump’s Indiana campaign chairman, on Thursday said picking Pence would energize conservatives to get behind the GOP ticket.

“You’re getting a card-carrying conservative that was a conservative when he was in Congress and now,” he said of Pence.

“If there are really people questioning Trump being a conservative, Pence will fill those holes,” Early added, calling Pence “a good friend” who has “done a hell of good job” as governor.

Jeff Caldwell, Indiana’s state GOP chairman, said Hoosier State voters would back Pence no matter what.

"Indiana is going to be supportive of Mike Pence running for whatever he wants to run for. He’s a proven leader in the Republican Party, and he’s one that brings people together at all levels."

Trump plans on visiting Indiana for a July 12 fundraiser, NBC News said, a week before the Republican National Convention in Ohio.

Pence is running for a second term against former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, and would likely forgo his reelection campaign upon joining Trump’s ticket.

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