Trump kicks tires on running mates ahead of pick

Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) greets Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, IndianaIt could be one of the most important decisions Trump makes on the campaign trail as he seeks to present a competent, steady wingman or woman to US voters after a turbulent primary season during which his provocative rhetoric frustrated many conservatives. Stock in Pence, 57, has soared recently as someone who could provide the provocative billionaire with the steady tone that would neutralize Trump’s combativeness. A handful of others are in the mix, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a hard-nosed leader of a populous state, who campaigned with Trump in Virginia on Monday.

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