Governor Branstad to be Faced With Dilemma at National Governors Association Meeting

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The governor is getting ready to host his counterparts from across the country later this week.

One name, in particular, stands out on the guest list for the National Governors Association meeting in Des Moines.

The governor confirmed Monday that Mike Pence will be in town later this month. Pence is the Governor of Indiana and one of the people on Donald Trump's short list for vice president. Pence confirmed Monday he'll be campaigning with Trump in Indiana Tuesday.

This sets up an interesting dilemma for the governor.

New Jersey's Chris Christie is also on Trump's short list. He's also on the guest list for the event in Des Moines.

Branstad has said again and again how he's a big fan of Christie. So Channel 13 Political Director Dave Price asked him which person he wants Trump to pick as vice president.

"I'm not going to get into that," Branstad said. "First of all, I don't think he's going to call and ask my advice on that anyway. It's like picking between your children, which one is your favorite?"

Speaking of children, the governor's son, Eric, is supposed to head Trump's presidential campaign in Iowa. So we assumed that meant the governor has some inside information on what Trump's thinking and who he'll pick to join his ticket.

"I don't know, I don't have any inside information," Branstad said. "I don't know any more than you do."

You might remember the Governor told Channel 13 a few months ago he'd tell Trump that Iowa Senator Joni Ernst would actually be the best person to be his vice president.

But the governor's office told Price that conversation never happened, though. And it sounds like Ernst will not be Trump's final pick.