Donald Trump is set to hold a campaign rally in downtown Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Speculation is growing that Trump has chosen Indiana for the rally because Governor Mike Pence is his leading pick for Vice President.
Speculation has Newt Gingrich and Jeff Sessions as the other leading candidates near the top of the Trump VP list. But does this mean Pence has now edged them out?
Don’t forget this weird moment in the primaries when Gov. Pence endorsed Ted Cruz, but only after offering praise for Trump. It’s one of the weirdest endorsements we’ve ever seen. Was Pence a Trump fan all along? Why spend 8 minutes praising Trump and then endorse Cruz? These are questions we want answered before we can fully get behind Pence as a candidate for Trump VP.
“I particularly want to commend Donald Trump” says Mike Pence, before he endorsed Ted Cruz. Never did make sense.
Check out this clip to see what we’re talking about:
For more on the Tuesday Trump Rally and what it may mean for the VP race, read this from IndyStar.com:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will come to Central Indiana on Tuesday for a rally and private fundraiser as speculation grows that he could choose Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
The rally is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m., following the fundraising event Pence is hosting at the Columbia Club in Downtown Indianapolis.
A location for the rally had not been confirmed as of Friday evening, said Rex Early, chairman of Trump’s Indiana campaign. Early said he didn’t know if Pence planned on attending the rally — though the Republican governor is anticipated to be there.
Pence is regarded in the top tier of potential vice presidential picks — but Trump also has tried out other candidates at similar events. Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and another potential running mate, joined Trump for a rally Wednesday in Ohio. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker also had rallied with Trump in North Carolina, before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Tickets for the fundraiser begin at $2,700 per person, then ranging from $15,000 to $250,000 for a couple, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by IndyStar.
Pence is the better vice presidential candidate “by miles,” because of his ability to sway supporters of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow social conservative, to vote for Trump, said Early, a former state GOP chairman. Cruz dropped out of the race after Trump dominated the Indiana Republican primary in May.
“If they are a little dubious about Trump being conservative, they can rest. Because I think Mike will bring a lot of the church people because he’s a very religious guy,” Early said.
Gingrich, who also is considered a front-runner, could bring a lot of experience, Early said. But he expects Trump will “stick him someplace else.”
“I think really that Gingrich would be pretty hard to handle,” he said. “Gingrich, he is smart and he knows the ins and outs, but I don’t see him as vice president.”
Pence declined to confirm if he’d attend the Tuesday rally on Friday, saying the question was too political following the shootings in Dallas that left five police officers dead and seven officers injured.
So….what do you think? Is Pence your top choice? What about Gingrich, Sessions or someone else?
Tell us your top choice in the comments below, let’s see who wins our informal poll.