NEWS BRIEF The trajectory of Mike Pence’s political career depends on the decision-making capabilities of a most unpredictable decision maker, Donald Trump, who’s considering Pence as his potential running mate. So at a rally Tuesday, the Indiana governor tried to push Trump further in his favor, by offering full-throated support to the presumptive Republican nominee and freely attacking the Democrats who oppose him.
“After seven and a half years of the failed policies of Barack Obama, that have weakened America’s place in the world and stifled our nation’s economy, we’re ready for a change,” Pence said at the Westfield, Indiana, event. “We’re ready to put a fighter, a builder, and a patriot in the Oval Office of the United States of America. We’re ready for Donald Trump to be our next president.”
For Pence, there’s urgency to Trump’s decision. Sure, next week’s Republican National Convention is looming, but Pence, who’s in a tough reelection fight, must determine by midday Friday whether he’s going to continue his gubernatorial campaign. He can perhaps take comfort in recent reports that he’s at the top of Trump’s short list—though with Trump at the helm of the selection process, it could be too soon for predictions. For his part, Trump didn’t offer any clues into his current thinking when he spoke on Tuesday. He referenced Pence at the top of his remarks. “How’s your governor doing by the way—good? I think so.” And at the end of the rally, Trump told voters that when he’s in the White House, they will call Pence to lament just how much America is “winning.” Though he said he didn’t know “whether he's going to be your governor or your vice president” when they’d be calling. “Who the hell knows.”