From The Hill:
A Donald Trump campaign stop in Indiana scheduled for Tuesday is raising speculation that the presumptive Republican nominee will announce Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
The Washington Times reported Sunday evening that Pence has a “95 percent probability” of being Trump’s choice, according to sources close to the campaign and to the governor.
The first-term Indiana governor’s name has surfaced in recent weeks as a contender for the position. Pence tepidly endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas before the state’s May primary, but later backed Trump, praising the chance to “take a new direction” in Washington.
“The kind of leadership that I truly do believe, to borrow a phrase, will make America great again,” Pence said during a Thursday campaign stop, according to The Associated Press.
Others said to be under consideration for vice president are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
Trump has said he will make an announcement before the Republican National Convention, which begins on July 18. Pence, who is seeking reelection to a second term as governor, would have to withdraw from that contest by noon on July 15 if he’s going to run as Trump’s vice president.
Former Trump adviser Michael Caputo said Sunday he’s putting all his chips on an announcement at the event next week.
“Right guy. Right timing. Right place #TrumpPence2016,” he tweeted.
This would be the perfect way to end Gov. Pence’s ignominious career in politics. He was a right-wing flamethrower in Congress, and when he became governor of Indiana four years ago he distinguished himself by backing a draconian anti-gay rights bill that heaped so much scorn and threats of business boycotts on the state from everyone including the Chamber of Commerce on leftward that the legislature couldn’t rewrite the bill fast enough. He also has the stage presence of a dormouse so he won’t upstage Mr. Trump at a rally, unlike Newt Gingrich. And the good people of Indiana would be rid of him since he’d have to drop out of his re-election bid, thus assuring History that Gov. Pence will be remembered mainly as a footnote and the answer to a trivia question in a few years.
Bonus: BooMan details why he thinks selecting Gov. Pence makes no sense.