WASHINGTON, July 15, 2016 — Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to round out his ticket. Trump will hold a press conference on Saturday introducing the popular governor to the public; however, he needed to announce as the deadline for Pence’s running for Indiana governor was today.
Trump’s decision to pick Pence also played to Trump’s desire to pick someone who has political experience and could help get bills through Congress.
Pence served more than 12 years in the House before becoming Indiana’s governor in 2012. He has become popular with religious conservatives and spent years opposing immigration amnesty and increased government spending.
Former 2016 rival Marco Rubio sent out a tweet calling Pence a “great pick.” and saying Pence is “rock solid.” Sen. Dan Coats, a fellow Republican from Indiana, also expressed enthusiasm. “Mike Pence is a great choice and will make an excellent vice president,” he tweeted.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who has been openly critical of Trump, said Pence is the best choice Donald Trump has made so far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has endorsed Trump, told the Dallas Morning News that Pence is a “great choice” and that he looks forward to “enthusiastically supporting the ticket.”
Donald Trump’s pick of Pence can be viewed as an attempt to appease Republicans who continue to fight against his attempt to become president. The choice of Pence offers Trump someone who disagrees with Trump on certain issues ,such as immigration, and is willing to speak his mind.
Despite Pence’s conservative policies, some members of the evangelical community do not trust him after he reversed course on legislation (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) that liberals said would allow Indiana businesses to deny service to gay people.
Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort has supported Mike Pence for vice president. Pence will speak on day three of the Republican National Convention, possibly focusing on economy and the national budget crisis.