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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News.
An individual knowledgeable of conversations about the decision tells NBC News that Pence was made aware several weeks ago through an intermediary that he was being considered for the VP slot.
Officials close to the governor stress that Pence has had absolutely no direct contact with the Trump campaign since before Indiana's primary in April. Pence, who is running for his own re-election this November, endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump in the primary contest but noted at the time that the real estate mogul has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C."
In a news conference on Thursday, Pence declined to say whether or not he is being vetted, and there are other possible picks for the job, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that decision.
Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.