Trump offered the vice presidential spot to Pence Thursday, and the governor boarded a plane for NY in anticipation of a Friday announcement, according to a Republican with knowledge of the process.
Some Republican lawmakers said they liked the idea of Mr. Pence on the ticket, saying it would improve the tone and tenor of the debate. Even this morning there was some uncertainty as to who the pick might be because Trump's campaign had emphasized repeatedly that no decision had been made, and the presumptive Republican nominee has a bit of a reputation for unpredictability. But his hard-line ideology is also at odds with Trump, who has largely avoided discussion of social issues.
In choosing Pence, Trump appears to be looking past their numerous policy differences.
The Indiana governor also suggested he would loosen up on his past backing of US trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement. You had once tweeted out Donald Trump calls to ban Muslims from entering the US are offensive and unconstitutional.
Pence penned an op-ed in May ahead of the Indiana GOP primary, giving a half-hearted endorsement to Texas Sen.
Other candidates in the running to stand with Mr Trump were the former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich and the New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie. For Pence, a different decision loomed: to continue his re-election bid in IN or bow out of the race to join Trump if invited.
Word that Pence would be joining the Republican ticket began trickling out in news reports Thursday before Trump had made a final decision or called Pence to offer him the job, according to a Republican familiar with the situation. Trump was in California for fundraisers, separated from his closest aides, and was fuming about leaks that were viewed as an attempt to pressure him into the decision.
In a Fox News interview on Thursday night, Trump said Pence had done a great job in IN and that of all the people he had interviewed for the job, "there's nobody that agrees with me fully on everything".
A few hours later, a huge truck barreled through a crowded holiday celebration in Nice, France, killing more than 80 people.
'By picking Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has doubled down on some of his most disturbing beliefs by choosing an incredibly divisive and unpopular running mate known for supporting discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favour millionaires and corporations over working families, ' said Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta.
As a Governor, he has signed Bills making it harder for women to have abortions, with IN being the second U.S. State to prohibit ending a pregnancy because the foetus suffers abnormalities.
Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, strongly rejected suggestions that the candidate considered changing his mind about Pence.
Pence said on Twitter that he was honored to accept the running mate slot and "work to make America great again".