INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Downtown Indy transformed Wednesday into the campaign headquarters for Donald Trump. It was plane problems Tuesday night that grounded Trump’s flight and forced him to spend Wednesday in Indianapolis and have his prospective Vice Presidential picks come to him.
The day started with a sit-down, with Governor Mike Pence at the Indiana Governor’s Mansion. Pence is considered a front runner for the second in command.
Trump set up shop inside the Conrad Hotel downtown Wednesday. Campaign insiders reported the republican candidate had phone conversations with two other potential picks, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who reportedly turned down the offer from Trump.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions flew into Indy Wednesday afternoon for a meet and greet with Trump, and the other reported VP front runner, Newt Gingrich, made his way to the Conrad for a closed door meeting with Trump.
“He’ll have a full weekend of building momentum going into the convention. A lot of great things will happen next week at the convention I think and then we’ll be off and running towards November,” said Tony Samuel, the Vice Chair of Trump’s campaign in Indiana.
Trump announced Wednesday via Twitter that he will be announcing his VP pick in Manhattan on Friday.
Until then, many republican Hoosiers are hoping it’s their governor who will make the Trump ticket in November.
“I think it would be great for the state, I think it would be great for the country and an excellent pick. We’ll see. It’s a tough choice, obviously Donald Trump is putting a lot of thought into it as you’d expect but I think it’s going to come down to the wire, but I think Governor Pence has a great chance at it,” said Samuel.
After some storms, Trump finally took off late Wednesday afternoon for California where he had an event.