NEW YORK CITY— CBS4’s Dan Spehler spotted Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in New York City and exclusively spoke with him after being officially named Donald Trump’s running mate Friday.
Pence confirmed he met with Trump Friday afternoon, saying the meeting was “great, [a] very cordial meeting.”
“We just couldn’t be more honored as a family and looking very much forward to tomorrow’s announcement,” said Pence, who was joined by his wife, Karen, and his oldest daughter, Charlotte.
Spehler asked Pence what he thought about reports suggesting Trump was unsure about his VP decision, reportedly asking his aids at midnight if he could get out of it, CNN reported.
Pence didn’t comment on the reports. Instead, he replied expressing his support on Trump’s decision to delay the press conference that was previously scheduled for today at 11 a.m. in Manhattan to announce his VP pick. Trump tweeted he would delay the announcement due to the attack in Nice, France.
“I just really support Donald Trump’s decision to delay the announcement today. Our hearts go out to the fallen and to the families of those who lost their lives in this horrific terrorist attack in France, and I fully supported his decision to delay the announcement to tomorrow and I think it speaks well of his compassion and also his determination to change the direction of this country and to confront those who would bring harm to our people and to our allies.”
Just before 11 a.m. Friday, Trump officially announced his choice via Twitter.
Spehler asked Pence about his thoughts on Trump’s controversial campaign, asking Pence if he stands by some of Trump’s more controversial statements and how their dynamic will play out on the campaign trail.
“I’m excited,” replied Pence. “I’m excited to be joining the ticket tomorrow with Donald Trump. I think he’ll be a great president and I look forward to carrying his message all across this country in the months ahead and serving with him in this administration.”
After being asked what life has been like following the announcement, Karen Pence joked they have gone from being followed by 3 to 4 cameras to about 25.
“Getting to the car is a little tricky, but it’s all good. It’s all good,” Karen said.
The governor ended the interview with a message to the Hoosier State.
“We love Indiana, and we just couldn’t be more humbled and more honored and can’t help but feel the announcement that will be official tomorrow is as much of a reflection on the people of Indiana of what they accomplished over much of the last 10 years. We’re honored, we’re humbled as another Hoosier family, but we share the honor with all the people of our state.”