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Trump To Announce VP Pick July 15: Report

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will reportedly unveil his vice presidential pick on July 15.

Insiders of the Trump campaign told NBC News that Trump will appear with his running mate during a joint appearance on July 15, although the potential pick could leak even sooner.

The top three contenders to join the Trump ticket are Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Trump has indicated that there are more possibilities on his shortlist, and the business mogul’s characteristically unpredictable campaign could throw a curveball that snubs all of the much-talked about potential picks.

"I have five candidates, plus two, two that are unknown to anybody," Trump told The New York Times on July 12.

"I will be making a decision over the next three- to four-day period of time, and I think it will be a decision that will be a very good decision for a lot of people," he added.

The presumptive GOP nominee added that his decision would be ultimately influenced by his own intuition, saying, “My whole life has been about gut.”

Trump described Pence as “solid as a rock,” Christie as “strong,” and Gingrich as “a good guy.”

Pence has been the most highly buzzed-about possibility after he joined Trump at a campaign event in Indiana on July 12. The GOP governor told reporters that Trump reminded him of former President Ronald Reagan, according to CNN.

“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,” Pence said of Trump.

The Indiana governor, who has strong ties with the evangelical Christian community, is reportedly a favorite possibility among Republicans in Congress, who want a staunch conservative by Trump’s side.

The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, indicated that he favored Pence as a vice presidential candidate during a CNN-moderated town hall in New York on July 12.

“I would like someone to assure conservatives that the conservative principles will be adhered to and maintained throughout not just the campaign, but throughout his presidency,” Ryan said, according to The Washington Post.

Ryan added that Pence was a “personal friend.”

While Pence might be the most strategic choice for Trump to solidify GOP unity, the business mogul has said that he is not sure about the governor’s “fighting spirit," CNN notes.

Christie would provide that spirit in spades as the pugnacious New Jersey governor is known for his tough talk rhetoric. Trump reportedly wants his vice presidential pick to serve as an attack dog against his political enemies, a role that Christie could organically fit.

Meanwhile, Gingrich is reportedly favored by several of Trump’s top campaign donors, such as billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

Whichever contender Trump chooses to be his running mate, his choice will likely be standing on stage beside him on July 15.

Sources: CNN (2), NBC News, The New York TimesThe Washington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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