Chatter about Pence also increased after the Republicans announced some of the speakers at next week's convention - a list that included Gingrich and Christie, but not Pence, fueling speculation that IN governor could be giving the vice presidential speech.
The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday that Pence was dropping his bid for re-election as governor to run on the GOP ticket with Trump.
Pence's team had gotten word to start preparing to get the official nod Thursday, and the Trump campaign is now planning for a scenario with Pence as the running mate, according to two sources familiar with the process. "It is all speculative at this point", Bosma said.
In September 2008, Pence, then a US House member, argued against the $US700 billion ($A920.27 billion) package to stabilise the US financial system, saying it would "nationalise nearly every bad mortgage in America".
He was elected governor of IN in 2012 and has served over three years as executive of that state. "I like Mike Pence". We're very good friends.
'I'm not going to go in there and - and - and advise him to pick someone else, ' Christie admitted.
"I see Ted Cruz as a principled conservative", Pence said in a radio interview April 29.
Still, Cromartie said, Pence enjoys the affection of much of the evangelical community, which might carry over to Trump if he names him his running mate.
But 24 hours before Trump is set to reveal his vice-presidential choice at an event in New York, Republican allies cautioned that the celebrity mogul candidate could still spring a surprise. He underscored that the two other finalists, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, were still in the mix, calling both of them "fantastic" people. "I personally do not know a lot about him so I look forward to learning more". My philosophy of government second. "And my politics third", Pence said in a 2010 appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
The presumptive Republican nominee, a protectionist, has denounced the free trade agreement signed by the United States with 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region as a threat to American jobs.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, also praised Pence.
His rhetoric has a punchiness that may fairly be labeled "attack dog" in style, but he's also prefers the sort of messaging discipline and cool-headed tone of voice - "Rush Limbaugh on decaf", in his own words - that Trump hyperkinetically eschews.
A cornerstone of Trump's campaign has been trade - specifically the idea that recent trade deals have been awful for the U.S.
And long before he became an elected official, Pence wrote a 1991 essay titled, "Confessions of a Negative Campaigner" in the Indiana Policy Review in which he claimed that "negative campaigning is wrong". The Journal Courier in Lafayette is reporting that former Gov. Mitch Daniels would not pursue or accept a nomination if Pence withdrawals from the governor's race.
He began rehabilitating his political career with a short essay called "Confessions of a Negative Campaigner". It is about expressing frustration with Washington and delivering the message that things need to change. Polls dating to May showed Pence in a tossup race against Democrat John Gregg, whom Pence narrowly defeated in 2012.
"If Gov Pence is the choice, he will receive widespread support among delegates". Last year, he signed a bill into law that would have allowed IN businesses to deny service to LGBTQ individuals based on religious objections to homosexuality and/or gay marriage. Corporations and conventions threatened to boycott the state in its wake, and ultimately a watered-down version of the law was passed and signed by Pence later.