For much of the day, IN was the unlikely center of the political world - all thanks to a flat tire. "Mike Pence is ready to play the role of No. 2", Downs said. The source told Roll Call that Trump appreciates Pence's "calm demeanor, Capitol Hill experience, and their general chemistry". But Trump doesn't really need that; he is an attack dog, perhaps the best the American political system has seen.
The presumptive GOP nominee had planned to introduce his running mate at a news conference Friday morning in NY, but said on Twitter Thursday evening that he would be postponing the event "in light of the terrible attack".
Earlier in the day, a Trump spokesperson said the meetings were held in IN to allow Trump more time with Pence. The presumptive Republican nominee conducted an unusual vetting process, including joint public appearances and meetings that were announced to the press.
IndyStar has confirmed that Trump will announce Pence as his selection for vice president, ending a weeks-long vice presidential casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans. Trump is expected to perform the official statement on Friday at three p.m. GMT.
"I'm narrowing it down. I text him today, good things do happen to good people", Merritt said.
But Trump has sent conflicting signals in recent days, as he has subjected his potential running mates to a final round of screening. And the feverish endgame of his search suggests a penchant for intrigue, an unpredictable streak and - above all - a desire to make a splash as the comings and goings Wednesday triggered a media circus.
After spending much of Thursday in Indianapolis, Pence flew to NY, according to a Republican familiar with the process.
As for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, political analysts say she'll pick a running mate who doesn't attract controversy. He has also voiced support for NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump opposes. "Fast but very productive". Not only are Trump's supplicants on the wrong side of history, but they are also actively and knowingly aiding the candidacy of an unacceptable, unsafe demagogue for their own personal gain.
Democrats will say Pence prioritized his right-wing social agenda over the health of the state's economy.
Perhaps more than any other worldwide issue, Trump has made global trade a defining aspect of his campaign - yet Pence has taken a diametrically opposed position.
"Trump's gut is Christie", one source said. "The Air Force is about one-third smaller than 1991", Trump said.
Chris Christie is one possibility.
"Israel is a very, very important ally of the United States and we are going to protect them 100%", he said last week, rebuffing an audience member's criticism of the country.
Frustration among Trump and his advisers mounted amid news reports that Pence was the pick, sending top aides scrambling to insist no final decision had been made. I'm not looking for an attack dog. "So I'm happy for him and I'm happy for the ticket", Tennessee Sen. Democrats can easily highlight him as a more classically-embroidered Donald Trump since he has delved in the area of cultural differentiation.
"Both our presidential and vice presidential candidates are former two-term Republican governors who were elected in Democratic states", Tatgenhorst said.
Trump and Pence met privately before a fundraiser in Indianapolis on Tuesday evening, and then Pence got a try-out at a rally in nearby Westfield. The Trumps and Pences dined together at the Capital Grille in Indianapolis, staying past midnight.
"They're trying to get a feel, letting people on the State Committee know that they're considering their options".
And Pence's quiet, low-profile personality, shaped in large part by his Christian faith, poses little threat of overshadowing that of Trump, who values loyalty in the people who work with him.