Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to attend Donald Trump’s rally

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and President-elect Donald Trump

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will attend Donald Trump’s rally in Westfield on Tuesday night and says he’d be “happy to” speak if Trump asks.

“I’ll be glad to be there, either cheering from behind, or if he wants me to bring a few words,” Pence told reporters Monday morning at a charity bike ride for fallen police officers.

Pence, the first-term governor who Trump is vetting for the Republican vice presidential nod, is also set to appear with Trump at a high-dollar fundraiser in Indianapolis earlier Tuesday evening.

“Look, I’m supporting Donald Trump as the next president of the United States of America. I think this country is facing great challenges at home and abroad,” Pence said.

“I think we need strong leadership supporting our troops, strong leadership to get this economy moving again, and we need clear-minded leadership to make common-sense, conservative appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said.

Pence added, “And I’m prepared to make that case anywhere across Indiana and anywhere across this country that Donald Trump would want me to.”

Pence deflected questions about whether he expects to be Trump’s vice presidential nominee.

“I haven’t had any contact with Mr. Trump since we spoke about a week ago. You’ll have to talk to the campaign about what their timetable is,” he said.