Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Poised to be Donald Trump’s Running Mate
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has apparently settled on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his vice presidential running mate, although there has not yet been an official statement from the Trump campaign.
Pence will drop his bid for a second term as governor.
Trump made a public spectacle of his decision-making process, including traveling to Indiana and inviting Pence to a rally in Westfield, Indiana on Tuesday. Here's what Trump and Pence had to say about each other then:
“I often joke, ‘You’ll be calling up Mike Pence. I don’t know whether he’s going to be your governor or your vice president,’” Trump said.
“We are 119 days away from a great victory in the United States of America, when Indiana becomes the first state on the board to make Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States of America,” said Pence.
WBEZ Northwest Indiana bureau reporter Michael Puente says that aside from his socially conservative values, Pence will "likely bring much needed balance to the GOP ticket."
"He's pretty much everything Donald Trump isn't," Puente said. "He's very respectful, he's very concise in his statements, he's very thoughtful. You can have a heated discussion with Mike Pence and he's going to be respectful for you. It's not like that with Donald Trump."
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