Pence tipped as Republican vice-presidential running mate
Published 14/07/2016 | 02:30
Donald Trump met with Indiana governor Mike Pence yesterday, heightening speculation that Pence could emerge as the Republican presidential candidate's choice for vice-presidential running mate.
Mr Trump was joined at the governor's residence in Indianapolis by his daughter, Ivanka; son-in-law Jared Kushner; and sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Pence had campaigned together at a rally on Tuesday night in Westfield, Indiana.
Trump is expected to announce his choice on Friday. Republicans close to the campaign said they believed the New York businessman had narrowed his short list to Pence, former US House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
Mr Trump has campaigned with all three men in recent days as he girds for perhaps the most consequential decision of his campaign ahead of the November 8 election.
Mr Pence introduced Mr Trump at the campaign rally in Westfield and during his speech, Mr Trump teased the possibility of picking Pence.
"I don't know if he's going to be your governor or your vice president," Mr Trump told the rally. Who the hell knows?"
Mr Trump is to be formally nominated at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week. Traditionally, the vice-presidential running mate choice is used to build enthusiasm among party loyalists. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is extremely unpopular among young adults, in particular young people of colour, and nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 believe the presumptive Republican nominee is racist, according to a survey.
The GenForward poll also found just 19pc of young people have a favourable opinion of Mr Trump compared with the three-quarters of young adults who hold a dim view of the New York billionaire.
Mr Trump's likely general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, is also unpopular with young people, but not nearly to the same extent as the real estate mogul and reality TV star.
A mere 6pc of young African Americans, 10pc of young Hispanics, 12pc of young Asian Americans and 27pc of young whites see Mr Trump in a favourable light - ratings which suggest the celebrity businessman faces a staggering task this summer to win their backing in his bid for the White House.