Some sources are reporting that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will make his running mate announcement this Friday, while others say it will likely happen before then. Friday is the deadline for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to pull out of the race to be re-elected governor, and he's reportedly one of Trump's top picks.
Fox News quoted Trump today saying, "I'm at three, potentially four. But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”
According to the Associated Press, Trump and his family met with Pence and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the past 48 hours. According to NBC News reporter Alex Moe, Trump also met with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been labeled a top contender.
Gingrich likened the selection process to a reality show, saying, "It's a little bit like 'The Apprentice.' You'll find out sooner or later who the last one standing is."
The Associated Press also reports that U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is still in consideration. According to ABC News, speculation has flown about retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is a registered Democrat.
Here's a quick overview of the top 5 picks:
INDIANA GOV. MIKE PENCE
Republican Pence began serving as governor in 2013. In the two previous presidential election cycles, he was mentioned as a possible candidate for the top spot. In 2000, Pence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served multiple terms. He's noted for for co-sponsoring a bill that would limit federal spending, for supporting earmark reform, for taking a hardline against illegal immigration, for supporting military action in Iraq, for being pro-Israel, and for opposing same-sex marriage.
As governor, Pence fought for tax reform and for protecting religious liberties in the face of growing LGBT influence. He has been running for a second term.
NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE
Christie has a long history of law practice, campaigning for political candidates, and serving as Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer in New Jersey. He assumed office as governor of New Jersey in 2010. He has an extensive record of being tough on crime and fighting for fiscal reform. While previously being pro-choice, Christie says he's now pro-life. While he supports same-sex civil unions, he says he's against same-sex marriage.
A multi-agency investigation into the "Bridgegate" controversy brought no charges against Christie.
After a failed run for Republican presidential nominee, Christie publicly endorsed Trump.
FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH
Newt served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives under President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999. He ran for Republican presidential nominee in 2012 but lost to Mitt Romney. An author and former professor, Newt was also named Time's "Man of the Year" for ending a Democratic majority in the House that had lasted for four decades. As Speaker, he was known for tax cuts, welfare reform, and balancing the budget.
in 1997, Newt was reprimanded for incorrectly claiming tax-exempt status for a college course and for providing false information.
After his time as Speaker, Newt wrote numerous books, founded think tanks, and became an advisor to a Canadian mining company.
U.S. SEN. JEFF SESSIONS
A longtime Republican senator, Sessions has served as attorney general for Alabama and was also nominated by President Ronald Reagan for a U.S District Court judge but was not confirmed. Ranked by National Journal as very conservative, Sessions is known for opposing abortion and embryonic stem cell research, opposing Obamacare, cutting taxes, opposing same-sex marriage, supporting the Iraq War, and opposing President Obama's Supreme Court justice picks.
RETIRED ARMY LT. GEN. MICHAEL FLYNN
Flynn has a long history of military service and writing military publications. He served in U.S. operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Grenada, and Haiti and was awarded numerous medals. He was appointed as director of Defense Intelligence Agency by President Obama. He is currently serving as an advisor to Trump on national security and foreign policy.
Politically, Flynn is a registered Democrat. When recently asked about his stance on abortion during an ABC News interview, Flynn's initial answer seemed pro-choice, although he clarified the next day that he was pro-life.
On the issue of same-sex marriage, Flynn said, “What people do in their private lives, these are not big issues that our country’s dealing with" without clarifying further.
Who do you think Trump will pick among these top five candidates? Or do you think it will be someone else?