INDIANAPOLIS – Who would replace Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot if he’s selected as Donald Trump’s running mate?
To put it mildly, it is the key question in Indiana politics this weekend, as the political world eagerly awaits Trump’s decision in the coming days.
In the video above, IN Focus panelists Matt Tully, Tim Swarens, Jennifer Wagner & Mike Murphy discuss Pence’s chances, the replacement process and the potential candidates for Governor.
Several potential candidates have already expressed interest in replacing Pence on the ballot, should he be named Trump’s running mate.
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN4) released this statement last week:
“Should Governor Pence become the GOP nominee for Vice President, Indiana needs the strongest possible state ticket. I intend to talk with my fellow Republicans about seeking the nomination for governor and about how we can ensure the 12 years of progress in our state continues.
“I believe my conservative record of accomplishment as a two-term Secretary of State and in the U.S. House offer a stark contrast to the policies of John Gregg. Having won two competitive statewide elections by large margins, I believe we can unify Republicans around a campaign that can win in November.”
A spokesperson for Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN5) also acknowledged Brooks had been contacted about that possibility.
Brooks’ communications director Kristen Johnson said:
“Rep. Brooks has received encouragement to consider running for governor if Governor Pence is selected as Mr. Trump’s running mate. This is all a theoretical situation until Mr. Trump makes his selection, and Rep. Brooks will make a decision when and if Governor Pence is selected.”
Other potential names including Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, former Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard and Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke.
State Sen. Jim Merritt has also been mentioned as a possible candidate, but he tells FOX59 he has not yet pursued the replacement process.
Pence would need to remove his name from the ballot by the July 15 deadline. 22 members of the GOP’s state central committee would then vote on a replacement candidate.