The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is to announce his choice on Friday morning (local time) in Manhattan.
Influential figures within Trump's staff were said to be urging the real estate mogul to pick Pence, whose record of conservative governance could soothe Republicans wary of Trump's unconventional proposals and inexperience in Washington policy-making.
Curiel was born in Pence's home state of Indiana.
Pence said Trump has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C". Christie's tough guy New Jersey persona, willingness to go off script and ability to slam opponents was trumped by Trump. Undoubtedly, the Left will pounce on Pence's strong anti-abortion stance as buttressing what they call the GOP "war on women"; opponents will also hammer his underwater approval ratings in IN, where he is judged to be in a tight reelection race.
Trump and his family also met with other politicians thought to be in the running to serve as his vice president, should he win the election in November. Donald Trump might be upset about the tie that Gingrich was wearing when he got off the plane that Sean Hannity sent to fly the former speaker out for his latest meeting with Trump. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama were both spotted at his hotel Wednesday. At first, leaks indicated Pence had been offered the position, but Trump forces adamantly denied it and said the candidate had not made up his mind. Trump was roundly blasted on all sides for these remarks, including by Pence. A former U.S. Congressman, Pence was elected as IN governor IN 2012 on a platform of staunch conservative values.
President and CEO of Concerned Women for America Penny Nance - like Blackwell - thinks Pence can help unite the Republican Party ahead of the general election.
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. "We are prepared for anything and everything that will or won't happen", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters.
Throughout the day Thursday, many media outlets began reporting that Trump was poised to name the IN governor as his running mate.
Pence originally endorsed Texas Sen.
After defending the IN religious freedom bill for a week, while everyone from the NCAA to Angie's List threatened to refuse to do business IN IN if it passed, Pence eventually added an amendment to the bill that said the law would not shield discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Following widespread condemnation, Pence agreed to amend the law to clarify its intent.
That came just as Pence was contemplating his own run for president - an ambition cut short, in part, when he stumbled through a hard, nationally broadcast interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. The legislation also made the receipt, sale or transfer of fetal tissue a felony.
Pence credits his conversion to his studies at Hanover College - a small, Christian-affiliated liberal arts school in southern Indiana.
There is no word on a campaign role for Trump's youngest child - Barron - who he had with his third wife, Melania. "You find out sooner or later who the last one standing is".