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Trump Selects Indiana Gov. Mike Pence As VP

| by Nik Bonopartis
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The cat's out of the bag.

While Donald Trump's campaign was setting the stage for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to break the news and raise eyebrows with a July 15 announcement naming his vice presidential pick, a July 14 report in the Indianapolis Star says Trump will select Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

The report does not name a source or indicate how the newspaper learned Trump has reportedly settled on Pence, but says it "has confirmed" Pence is the businessman's pick, and notes Pence has dropped his re-election bid for governor of Indiana.

Pence, 57, served six terms in congress before winning his state's 2013 gubernatorial election. Before seeking elected office, he was an attorney in private practice and, later, a conservative talk radio host.

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Pence is "no firebrand," according to the Star, which says the reported vice presidential pick's "polite demeanor would strike a stark contrast with that of Trump," who has been criticized for his bluster and propensity for saying eyebrow-raising things. He also brings executive government experience to the Trump ticket, which analysts had long predicted would be a quality sought by Trump, who has campaigned as a Washington outsider and has no political experience.

Pence most recently appeared with Trump at a rally for the real estate mogul on July 12 in Indiana. Although he was a supporter of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz early on in the Republican primary process, Pence became one of the loudest and most consistent voices telling Republicans to unite behind Trump.

"We are ready for Donald Trump to be our next president," Pence said at the Indiana rally, according to ABC News. "You know, Donald Trump understands the frustrations and the hopes of the American people like no other American leader in my lifetime since Ronald Reagan. The American people are tired.”

Trump plans to officially announce Pence as his choice with a press conference on July 15 at 11 a.m., according to the Star.

Sources: Indianapolis Star (2), ABC News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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