Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump will name Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Friday, multiple news outlets reported Thursday morning, a choice that would help the New York businessman appeal to conservatives and could boost his chances in a competitive state.
Roll Call on Thursday cited an unidentified Republican with direct knowledge of the decision to choose Pence, 57, a former U.S. congressman.
The Trump campaign would not officially confirm the reports Thursday afternoon. And campaign chairman Paul Manafort tweeted that it was too early to say the billionaire real estate tycoon had locked in his pick.
‘[A] decision will be made in the near future and the announcement will be tomorrow at 11am in New York,’ he wrote on Twitter.
The campaign announced a campaign event at a Manhattan Hilton hotel but did not say who would be appearing alongside the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
ABC News and NBC News cautiously reported that Trump is ‘leaning toward’ picking Pence.
The Drudge Report, among the world’s most influential news aggregation websites, quickly spread word that Fox News host Sean Hannity will interview Pence Friday night after he’s officially part of the ticket, and that the CBS show ’60 Minutes’ would feature a joint interview with Trump and Pence Sunday night.