Indiana Governor Mike Pence is on Donald Trump’s VP short list, but new details just revealed by Politico suggest that the social conservative may in fact not be chosen to serve on a Trump ticket.
Instead, Trump may in fact pick former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who has been openly campaigning for the job.
Pence, who must decide by 12:00 pm Friday if he wants to run for reelection as governor, has just reserved television advertising time for August in the Hoosier state.
Such a move suggest Pence may be gearing up for a reelection bid, rather than serving as Trump’s running mate in November.
A media-buying source said Pence has reserved airtime from Aug. 1 through Aug. 14, the two weeks immediately following the Republican and Democratic national conventions. The Pence campaign declined to comment on specifics, but confirmed they placed reservations for an upcoming buy.
The ad buy doesn’t mean Pence is eliminating himself from the vice-presidential discussion. His campaign’s last ad buy began in May, and it has not been on the air this month.
Since the ads aren’t set to begin running until after the conventions, Pence’s campaign could easily take down the ad buy if he’s tapped by Trump — and those slots could be filled by his replacement gubernatorial candidate or the Republican Governors Association.
Trump is also considering former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for the No. 2 spot on the ticket. Pence, a staunch social conservative, could help him win over evangelical voters skeptical of his changing positions on abortion rights and history of bragging about his sexual exploits.
Another Politico piece also points out that Pence is not currently on the list of scheduled speakers at next week’s GOP convention, which could also be a way of not revealing Pence as Trump’s VP, or yet another sign of Pence being snubbed from the GOP ticket:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who met with Trump on Wednesday at his Indianapolis home, is not on the convention speakers list unveiled Thursday. Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, however, are both on the list, which is subject to change.
Overall, the lineup provides a stark illustration of the havoc Trump has wreaked on the Republican Party on his way to the nomination. The party’s last two nominees, Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain, will neither speak nor even make the trip to the banks of the Cuyahoga. Nor will the party’s only two living presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, or former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, one of Trump’s favorite punching bags throughout the primary.
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