Republican strategist and pollster Kellyanne Conway Thursday declined to confirm reports that Donald Trump would select Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, but said that he was "reflective, not reactive, who thinks about it."
"He is not a stiff," Conway, who also is a Trump adviser, said in response to a remark about Pence by host Mark Halperin on Bloomberg TV. "He refers to himself as Rush Limbaugh on decaf because he is a little bit more measured and laid-back."
Pence, 57, who reportedly is ending his gubernatorial re-election bid amid the vice presidential speculation, will help Trump with shaping policy and working with congressional Republicans, she said.
"Donald Trump is moving into areas of policy. You saw the 10-point plan to reform the Veterans Administration this past Monday in Virginia Beach.
"Very specific, concrete. He is someone who can help with that.
"He is also someone who is very well respected," Conway added. "You get someone like Mike pence on the ticket, and I think it's another window toward party unity."
She also issued a challenge for longtime GOP supporters and contributors. Conway backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the primary race.
"Donors are longtime friends and supporters of governor and congressman Mike Pence, so the question to them now is this is the first major decision by the nominee in terms of personnel," she said. "What say you about someone you have worked with and trusted for a very long time?"
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