WESTFIELD, Ind. (CBS) — Gov. Mike Pence, in what many political observers viewed as a live audition for a spot on Donald Trump’s presidential ticket, rallied a pro-Trump crowd in Indiana on Tuesday night, comparing Trump to Ronald Reagan as a man who understands America’s “boundless potential.”
“Donald Trump knows that the boundless potential of the American people awaits and we can make America Great Again,” Pence told a crowd is Westfield, just north of Indianapolis. Pence said Trump connected with voters much like Reagan did in the 1980s.READ MORE: New ILogin Verification System Is Locking Out Illinoisans Trying To File Unemployment Claims
Pence’s introduction came as CBS News reported that Trump will make his vice presidential pick public on Friday.
CNN today reported that Pence and House Speaker Newt Gingrich are the top two finalists for the post.
Pence also went on the attack, saying the electing Hillary Clinton would be a huge mistake for the nation.READ MORE: Dolton Police Involved In Incident Where Shots Were Fired On Bishop Ford Freeway
“Hillary Clinton must never become president of the United States of America,” Pence said.
Pence himself faces a noon deadline on Friday.
That’s when he would have withdraw from the governor’s race, should he be selected as Trump’s running mate.MORE NEWS: CDC Issues Warning About Salmonella Outbreak Involving Onions Imported From Mexico; 37 Cases In Illinois
During his remarks, Trump dropped this coy quip: “I don’t know if he’s going to be your governor or your vice president — who the hell knows?”