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Pence Again Demurs on How He’d Manage Disagreements with Trump

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is continuing to demur on how he would handle potential disagreements with Donald Trump on the campaign trail.

"I've taken issue with our candidates from time to time," the potential vice presidential pick told reporters Tuesday. "But I'm supporting Donald Trump as the next president of the United States of America."

Ahead of Trump's fundraiser and rally in the state on Tuesday night, Pence said the presumptive GOP nominee "is someone who has connected with everyday Americans like no one since Ronald Reagan."

Pence will introduce Trump to the stage at the public rally in Westfield, a town just 20 miles north of Indianapolis.

The Indiana governor is one of Trump's finalists for the GOP vice presidential slot. With the expected announcement by Trump to come by the end of this week, Pence has maintained a strict message absent of criticisms of the presumptive nominee.

"I served in Congress for 12 years -- I've been a governor for three and a half years. I haven't agreed with every one of my Republican colleagues or Democratic colleagues on every issue, but I'm supporting Donald Trump because we need change in this country," Pence said.

Just a day earlier, Pence dodged initial questions of whether he'd be comfortable openly disagreeing with Trump from the campaign stump.

Last December, the VP prospect, who initially endorsed Cruz over Trump in May, called Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. "offensive and unconstitutional."

And in June, he rebuffed Trump's suggestion that the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University could not conduct a fair trial because of his "Mexican heritage." Pence called the assertion "inappropriate."

"I don't think it's ever appropriate to question the partiality of the judge based on their ethnic background," he said at the time, per the Indianapolis Star.