Gingrich makes last-minute appeal to be Trump's running mate

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Newt Gingrich Won't Let the VP Dream Die Just Yet

Reports from Donald Trump's camp strongly suggest the presumptive presidential candidate will select Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his vice presidential pick.

But apparently Newt Gingrich, the other main contender for Trump's VP slot, is still holding out hope. Gingrich posted a Facebook Live video discussing the vetting process for vice presidential candidates. And he kept referring to his candidacy in the present tense.

"My appeal's probably more national; I have some appeal in virtually every state," Gingrich told his Facebook Live viewers. "What is he looking for; what's the chemistry he needs? What does he think will strengthen him? ... Like you, I'm looking forward to the next 24 hours."

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It's true Gingrich isn't out of the race just yet; the news of Pence's new role came from Trump's advisers rather than the candidate himself. Trump has promised to make an official announcement Friday, and a campaign spokesman tweeted a message saying Trump hadn't made up his mind just yet.

But the Indiana governor's Midwestern appeal and conservative establishment bona fides make him a solid choice to counterbalance Trump's unorthodox campaign and unite the GOP behind a single ticket.

Gingrich is a big Facebook Live enthusiast, and he did say he would push for the next nominee to adopt the live-stream service on the campaign trail.

"If Mike's the nominee, I'm going to try to get him to do a lot of Facebook Live because this is a great way to talk with each other," Gingrich said.

See images Gingrich with animals through the years:

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True love. #zoopics #tbt #throwbackthursday
New Year's Resolution: Visit more zoos. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zoopics
You so funny. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Hello, friend. #tbt #throwbackthursday #koala #zoo
#tbt hanging out with some lemur friends.
Consulting with a friend. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zoopics
Enjoyed meeting my new polar bear friend, Cranbeary at the @denverzoo last week. Arturo deserves a home as nice as Cranbeary's. #freearturo http://chn.ge/1rhkVOu
Wading with the rays. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Kitty kisses. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zoopics
Who needs friendship bracelets when you can have friendship pigs? #tbt #throwbackthursday @jayleno
We practiced our smiles first. #tbt #throwbackthursday
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. #tbt #throwbackthursday
So kind of @larrykingnow to let me bring a guest to his show. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Don’t worry, I promise I’ll friend you on @facebook when I get home. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Always nice to know that my friends have my back. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Happy National Zookeeper Week! Thanks to the many zookeepers who’ve entertained and educated me at #zoos around the world over the years.
Happy #WorldElephantDay! 🐘
Mastered the art of a good dino selfie long before selfies were in. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Casual day at the zoo. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Because every day should be a zoo day. #tbt #throwbackthursday
Just two old pals hanging out. #tbt #throwbackthursday
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