Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate. Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he’d chosen Pence and announced a Saturday news conference. Pence, a former six-term congressman, faced a Friday deadline to drop his bid for a second term as Indiana’s governor.
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
“Trump is probably feeling pretty good about Indiana anyway, so I don’t think this was one of those Electoral College kinds of picks,” said Charles Thomas of ABC 7 News. “I think he wants to solidify the religious right, the social conservatives, because they’re a little soft on Donald Trump. They don’t really know where he’s coming from. This pick sends a message to them.”
Trump had been scheduled to hold a news conference on Friday to announce his choice, but postponed the event after an attack on a Bastille Day celebration killed dozens and wounded hundreds in Nice, France. David Greising of Reuters said Trump’s response shows he does have the capacity to demonstrate “presidential” behavior.
“Instead of gloating about the attack as he has previously done, [with] France he instead delayed an announcement,” Greising said. “He’s starting to learn a little bit about some of the protocols of national politics.”
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