NBC News has learned the Trump campaign is moving into a new phase of the running mate search: the interviews. Today, Indiana Governor Mike Pence will travel to meet with Donald Trump this weekend. Sources tell NBC News Pence is being formally vetted for consideration to join the Trump ticket.
Today the Pence campaign confirmed the meeting publicly telling NBC News, "Gov. Pence has accepted an invitation to spend a little time with Mr. Trump this weekend. That is consistent with meetings that Mr. Trump is holding with many key party leaders."
After NBC News released its exclusive report on the coming meeting between Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the governor's campaign acknowledged to NBC News that this meeting will happen.
"Gov. Pence has accepted an invitation to spend a little time with Mr. Trump this weekend. That is consistent with meetings that Mr. Trump is holding with many key party leaders."
In addition, Gov. Pence will be back Indiana no later than Monday for his own schedule of public events related to the July 4th holiday and his campaign schedule.
On Thursday, Pence told reporters he had no personal, direct contact with Donald Trump in the last couple of months. "I haven't spoken to Mr. Trump since before the primary. I haven't talked to him about that topic. My focus is here in the Hoosier state and that is where it will stay."
The 57 year old conservative is currently seeking his second term as governor but Pence is in a tight race. He is facing the same Democratic challenger, John Gregg, whom he narrowly defeated in 2012.
Politically, Pence could bring to a Trump ticket his credibility with Christian and social conservatives and his Washington experience.
Pence held leadership roles within the House Republican conference during his six terms and had also considered his own run for the GOP nomination but chose instead to seek re-election.
With Pence, Trump could also get a demeanor and personality difference. Pence is at ease on camera and disciplined in his media contacts. Sources say the Trump team hopes to convey "reassurance" to a tense and divided party with the ultimate selection.