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CNN: Trump VP list down to Gov. Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 21:29:56-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The list of potential choices to be Donald Trump's vice presidential pick has narrowed down to just two names, according to CNN – Gov. Mike Pence and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

In a report by Eric Bradner, Jim Acosta and MJ Lee, CNN quoted a "person familiar with the deliberations," who said Pence and Gingrich appeared to be the last two men standing.

CNN also reported that Trump was expected to make the announcement of his pick on Friday – which happens to be the deadline for Pence to drop out of the race to be Indiana's governor.

Pence joined Trump at a private fundraiser at the Columbia Club Tuesday evening before a scheduled campaign rally in Westfield. Neither the governor nor the real estate mogul mentioned an announcement about Trump's VP pick.

READ MORE | Will Trump announce Pence as VP pick Tuesday?

Also Tuesday, Fox News announced it had suspended its contributor agreement with Gingrich due to "intense media speculation" around his possibility as a Trump VP pick.

READ MORE | Fox News suspends Newt Gingrich amid Trump VP speculation

Gingrich said earlier this month he was being vetted for the VP spot, and appeared with Trump at a campaign rally in Cincinnati.

Pence hasn't denied interest in the VP spot, but has also repeatedly said he's focused on his reelection campaign in Indiana. He offered praise for Trump Tuesday, saying the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has "connected with everyday Americans like no one since Ronald Reagan."

Pence's sudden rise to the top of the VP list might surprise some after he declined to endorse Trump, instead backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Indiana's primary.

When asked if he would feel comfortable disagreeing with Trump on the campaign trail if selected as VP, Pence declined to answer, instead saying the country needs "new leadership in Washington."