Politics July 15, 2016: Trump announces that Mike Pence is his pick for vice presidential running mate

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Trump announces that Mike Pence is his pick for vice presidential running mate

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16:  Donald Trump introduces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Vice Presidential running mate at a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on July 16, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 16: Donald Trump introduces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Vice Presidential running mate at a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on July 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)

The worst kept secret in the 2016 presidential campaign is no longer a secret. On Friday morning, July 15, 2016, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. Trump was supposed to make the formal announcement at a press conference in New York Friday morning. After the terror attacks in Nice, France on Bastille Day that killed over 80 people, Trump postponed the formal declaration until Saturday morning same time and place, 11 a.m. Trump Tower, New York City.

On Friday morning, Trump made his decision official ending a day of rampant speculation in the news media about his choice of running mate. The GOP nominee wrote, “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.”

On Thursday afternoon, July 14, the news media was already announcing that Trump chose the Indiana Governor. Pence emerged as the frontrunner from a pool of four candidates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions.

CNN reported late Thursday afternoon; that Trump had phone Pence offering him the post and Pence agreed. Later Pence was seen arriving in New Jersey with a police detail accompanying him. Even the Indianapolis Star reported that Pence decided to be Trump’s running mate forgoing running for re-election as Indiana’s Governor, withdrawing from that race, as the law does not permit him to do both.

Trump’s campaign, however, kept denying that the nominee chose Pence. Trump added fuel with his Fox News interview with Greta Van Susteren Thursday evening. Trump said, “I haven’t made my final, final decision. I mean, I’ve got three people that are fantastic. I think Newt (Gingrich) is a fantastic person. I think Chris Christie is a fantastic person, been a friend of mine for 15 years. Just a fantastic person. And there’s Mike, and Mike has done a great job as governor of Indiana. You look at the numbers, and it’s been great — he’s done really a fantastic job. But I haven’t made a final, final decision.”

With Pence, Trump pleases the GOP establishment, who has been reticent about the nominee and reluctant to support him. Trump is hoping to unify the party with his VP choice, a social and fiscal conservative, with experience in the House of Representatives and executive experience governing Indiana for one term. Pence has the support of the Tea Party, as well as influential donors including the Koch brother, who Trump needs in the general election, and have not yet supported his nomination.

Although Pence differed with Trump on policy during the primary opposing his Muslim ban and endorsing rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz before Indiana’s May primary, Trump won him over, with Pence praising him and vowing to help the nominee will the election in November. Pence emerged as the frontrunner this week after a rally on Tuesday, July 12, in Indiana, where the governor introduced Trump and fiercely criticized presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton declaring she “must never become president of the United States.”

Recently, Pence praised Trump to reporters, telling them, “I think he is going to be a great president. I think he is someone who has connected with everyday Americans like no one since Ronald Reagan. I think he has spoken into the frustration and the longings of the American people as no one since the 40th president, and I think you’re going to continue to see him do that.” Trump and Pence will be formally nominated as the party’s official nominees at next week’s Republican National Convention.

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Politics July 14, 2016: Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?

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Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?

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Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12, 2016.  / AFP / Tasos KATOPODIS        (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12, 2016. / AFP / Tasos KATOPODIS (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The finale of the Donald Trump veepstakes is coming to a close. The presumptive nominee announced on Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, on Twitter that he will reveal his vice presidential running mate on Friday morning, June 14 in New York City. Trump seems to have narrowed his search down to three candidates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday evening about his VP reveal, “I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow.” Trump might be choosing one of the three most buzzed about possibilities or choose someone else, with Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions being a possibility. Trump told Fox News host Bret Baier on Wednesday about his VP list. Trump said, “I’m narrowing it down. I mean, I’m at three potentially four. But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”

Former GOP candidate Ben Carson says that Trump, a master showman might surprise with his VP and not choose the usual suspects. Carson is working with Trump’s campaign on vetting potential running mates. All three have tried out with Trump at recent rallies. The frontrunners have met with the nominee and are still arguing their cases to Trump. Pence is the GOP establishment’s favorite choice; he is also a safe option. Pence introduced Trump at an Indiana rally on Tuesday, July 12 further adding to speculation.

The speakers list for the GOP convention released on Thursday, July 14, might give an indication as to Trump’s choice for vice president. Christie, Gingrich, and Sessions are scheduled, but Pence is not. Another glaring omission and possible VP candidate is former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is an ardent supporter and campaign trail surrogate fueling possible speculation that Trump may opt for the veteran nominee. Trump intends to notify his candidates as to his decision on Thursday afternoon.

Politics June 16, 2016: Clinton not vetting Sanders for Vice President, seriously considering Warren

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Clinton not vetting Sanders for Vice President, seriously considering Warren

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June 16, 2016 11:29 AM MST
According to insiders, Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t considering primary rival Bernie Sanders as her running mate, but is actively looking at Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose populist politics line up closely with the Vermont senator. When asked Tue...

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Politics May 21, 2016: Clinton might be open to taking Sanders as her VP running mate

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Clinton might be open to taking Sanders as her VP running mate

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May 21, 2016, 7:18 PM MST

 Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is certain she will be the nominee, but might consider taking rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as her running mate in an attempt to unite the party, May 19, 2016
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is certain she will be the nominee, but might consider taking rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as her running mate in an attempt to unite the party, May 19, 2016
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Politics May 10, 2016: Rubio shuts down VP chatter refuses to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate

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Rubio shuts down VP chatter refuses to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate

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May 10, 2016 1:57 AM MST

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is putting any vice presidential speculation to rest issuing a statement he would not be presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's running mate, May 9, 2016
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is putting any vice presidential speculation to rest issuing a statement he would not be presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, May 9, 2016
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Politics April 14, 2016: Marco Rubio top vice presidential choice for Trump and Cruz

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Marco Rubio top vice presidential choice for Trump and Cruz

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April 14, 2016 4:05 PM MST

Both GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz want Marco Rubio for their vice presidential running mate and most importantly his delegates, April 12, 2016
Both GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz want Marco Rubio for their vice presidential running mate and most importantly his delegates, April 12, 2016
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Politics January 16, 2016: Trump considering Scott Brown as his vice presidential running mate

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Trump considering Scott Brown as his vice presidential running mate

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Examiner.com, January 16, 2016 6:03 PM MST

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump might consider former Senator Scott Brown as his vice presidential running mate after heaping praise on brown at a New Hampshire rally, Jan. 16, 2016
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump might consider former Senator Scott Brown as his vice presidential running mate after heaping praise on brown at a New Hampshire rally, Jan. 16, 2016
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Politics May 31, 2015: Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden dies of brain cancer tributes pour in

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