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Current Events / Politics PopWrapped | Current Events

Donald Trump Names Governor Mike Pence As His Vice President

Roxanne Powell | PopWrapped Author

Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer
07/17/2016 7:29 pm
PopWrapped | Current Events
Donald Trump Names Governor Mike Pence As His Vice President | pence
Media Courtesy of Darron Cummings/ Associated Press

Fresh of the presses, Donald Trump has named Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice President for the remainder of the 2016 presidential race.

Pence accepted the position when Trump called to offer him the spot.

If compared side by side, their backgrounds could not be more different. Trump is well-known for jumping into the controversial pool with both feet forward and eyes shut tight. On the other hand, Pence is a seasoned politician who has chosen to stick "close to conservative orthodoxy" since the beginning of his career.

Trump has not made his choice official yet (the announcement was supposed to be Friday morning) due to the attack on Nice, France, which has so far left 73 dead and 100 or more injured, according to European news.

"In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow's news conference concerning my vice presidential announcement," he tweeted.

But just in case that phone call was a decoy (the light at the end of this very long presidential race tunnel) Trump revealed in an interview with Fox News that he has yet to make a "final, final decision."

"I haven't made my final, final decision," he told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Thursday evening. "I mean, I've got three people that are fantastic. I think Newt (Gingrich) is a fantastic person. I think Chris Christie is a fantastic person, been a friend of mine for 15 years. Just a fantastic person. And there's Mike, and Mike has done a great job as governor of Indiana. You look at the numbers, and it's been great -- he's done really a fantastic job. But I haven't made a final, final decision."

Vice President Drama?

While Trump has nothing but recent praise for Pence, the governor did not always support Trump's run for the Oval Office. Before moving into Trump's court, Pence backed Senator Ted Cruz.

When Cruz was kicked out of the race after Indiana's May primaries, Pence traded hats.

Pence said Trump has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C."

"Let me be very clear on this race: Whoever wins the Republican nation for president of the United States, I'm going to work my heart out to get elected this fall."

But even though Pence has accepted Trump's offer, he is not completely on board with Trump's agenda. He went on record against Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the US, saying it was "offensive and unconstitutional."

Will this contrast in opinion be beneficial to the rest of the presidential race, or will it blow up in the Republicans' faces? Only time will tell.



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