Indiana Gov. Mike Pence emerges as Trump's likely running mate

"A governor with administrative experience, been in Washington, proven he is a conservative in action and words, I think Mike Pence will bring a lot to the table", said Kaufmann.

The governor's time as a former U.S. Representative can help too, Hutchison said.

Several contenders are in the running for the job. "I'm told he's been asked to do this and he's flying to NY", one source said.

Pence, 57, is a steady, staunch conservative who would help calm nervous Republican wary of Trump's impulsive style.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, previously said that Pence would have been a good choice - had he not amended the law. "He's not as unknown as Sarah Palin was when she was named for John McCain".

The plane malfunction set off a domino effect with others: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich flew to Indianapolis to meet with Trump on a private jet provided by Fox News host Sean Hannity, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

Pence must withdraw from that contest by noon on Friday should he plan on becoming Trump's running mate. Many have speculated he may wind up holding a top Cabinet post should Trump be elected.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Ms Ginsburg's statement.

Two would-be front-runners made it clear Thursday they are not seeking to replace Pence.

Trump's campaign planned to announce his selection on Friday, but cancelled the event because of the attack in Nice, France.

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, agreed with the Pence choice. "They would really just be changing the name on the yard sign and shifting the message a little bit".

Some Republican lawmakers say they like the idea of Pence as Trump's running mate, saying the decision would improve "the tone and tenor of the debate". A campaign spokesman tweeted that the campaign is not confirming any vice presidential pick at this point and said a decision has not yet been made. I don't know. But I don't think that should disqualify you, ' Christie said. "He's a strong conservative pick. He will appeal to other voters in Tennessee". He is staunchly conservative on social issues, strongly opposing gay marriage and abortion rights, and could rally a conservative and evangelical base that at times has been skeptical of Trump, who has been married three times and holds moderate views on social issues. Pence, on the other hand, supports TPP and has urged lawmakers to sign on.

Top party officials are already in Cleveland, grappling with a rules fight that increased the odds of nationally televised clashes at the convention.

Pence's approval rating has fallen in the past few months, at hovered around 40 percent in a may poll, according to Politico.

'I'm not going to go in there and - and - and advise him to pick someone else, ' Christie admitted.

Gerald covers Knox County government and politics for the News Sentinel.

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