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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Trump Picks Mike Pence As Vice President

Update 2:
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Update: It appears Trump is not too excited about his big announcement tomorrow having been leaked.
  • TRUMP SPOKESMAN MILLER SAYS TRUMP HASN'T MADE VP DECISION YET
  • TRUMP VP SELECTION IN `NEAR FUTURE': CAMPAIGN CHAIR MANAFORT
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While probably not much of a surprise to those who have been closely following the republican vice presidential race, moments ago Roll Call reported, citing a source, that Trump will pick Indiana governor Mike Pence as his vice president.
From the source:
Donald Trump is planning to announce that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice for his vice presidential running mate, according to a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision.
As Trump narrowed in on his choice of Pence, the two men spent time at both Trump's golf resort in New Jersey in early July and at the Indiana governor's mansion this week.

In addition to testing the men's chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence's calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence's potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.

The announcement will be made publicly at an event at Trump Tower at 11 a.m. Friday morning.

In addition to Pence, Trump has considered former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Army Gen. Michael Flynn for the No. 2 spot on his ticket. Some contenders, including Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Joni Ernst of Iowa, took themselves out of the running.
As Reuters adds, the two Republicans spent time this month testing their chemistry at Trump's golf course in New Jersey and at the governor's residence in Indiana. Trump was impressed with Pence's calm manner and his experience on Capitol Hill and as governor, the news outlet reported.
Pence had backed a Trump rival, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, in April before the Indiana primary, but he praised the New York businessman and said he would work on behalf of the eventual Republican nominee. Trump won Indiana anyway, prompting Cruz to drop out of the party race to be the nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Pence had considered running for president himself in 2016 before deciding to run for re-election as governor. Conservatives had urged him to seek the White House, but missteps in 2015 related to an Indiana law seen as anti-gay hurt his national profile.
This year, he was the target of a mocking social media campaign by women outraged at a law he signed creating new restrictions on abortions. Feeling that the law invaded their privacy, women responded by calling Pence's office to describe their menstrual periods or tweeting similar messages.
Pence ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice before he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000, where he was chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives.
Earlier today, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill predicted that Donald Trump would pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate because the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is mostly concerned about "looks." 
"Donald Trump cares more about how people look than the substance," McCaskill said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," basing her prediction on "how Pence looks."
"[Trump] cares more about the appearance, on his polling and on his magazine covers and how beautiful his wife is," said McCaskill, who said it was "terrific" that Trump's wife, Melania, a former model, was beautiful.
 
"I think he will pick Pence because he looks like somebody who would hang out with Donald Trump: He's handsome and cuts a smart figure, but he isn't going to overshadow Trump," she said.
It appears that she was right, although we are confident that Trump will contest the proposed justification.

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