INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It has been a whirlwind 24 hours for Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as he awaits a decision on whether he’ll be asked to join Donald Trump’s campaign as vice-president.
Cameras crowded around the governor’s mansion Wednesday morning, as Pence and his wife Karen hosted Donald Trump, his children, and his campaign chairman for breakfast. The plan was reportedly hatched after an unexpected dinner with Pence and Trump following the Westfield rally.
Mechanical issues with Trump’s plane kept the candidate from leaving Indiana on Tuesday evening.
“Mrs. Pence and I put out a breakfast spread late last night,” said Pence, “Went out and clipped some flowers, served coffee and warm breakfast this morning, just had good conversation as a family.”
From Indianapolis, Pence headed to Fort Wayne and the Three Rivers Festival, hitting the campaign trail in his race to stay governor. But the talk remained centered around Trump and the vice-presidential search.
“I think he’s giving it very careful consideration, and we are very humbled to be about that. There are other noteworthy Americans that he is considering, and I’m just honored to be on that list,” said Pence in Fort Wayne.
Pence then led an agricultural round-table in Delaware County later on Wednesday afternoon, walking in to applause and receiving warm gestures from supporters.
“As far as his ability to do the job, I’m confident that he could do it well,” said Joe Russell.
“I think it’s exciting for Indiana to have that opportunity to have someone that’s going to be in that position of power to make that decision that can affect the entire county,” said Melanie Marshall, “And knowing that his heart is in the state of Indiana.”
With attention on Indiana at a fever pitch, Pence kept his poker face, as time ticks away for Trump to tap a number two.
“Ultimately this is a decision our nominee will make, and I’m confident he will make a great decision,” said Pence, “I look forward to supporting that decision in every way… I’ll stay focused on my job, and we’ll let the future take care of itself.”
Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday night he'd reveal his pick at an event Friday at 11 a.m. in New York City.
Pence must withdraw from the governor’s race by noon on Friday, if he is chosen.