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Donald Trump Taps Mike Pence As Running Mate




Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has chosen Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate, multiple media outlets are reporting.

Additionally, The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Pence will abandon his bid for reelection as governor of the Hoosier State to become Trump’s running mate.

Trump will formally announce Pence’s selection at an event Friday in New York.

According to reporter Patricia Murphy of Roll Call – the Washington, D.C.-based outlet that broke the story – “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.”

Prior to winning election as governor of Indiana in 2012, Pence spent twelve years in the U.S. House of Representatives – from 2001-13.  In 2006, he ran against liberal “Republican” John Boehner for the post of minority leader of the U.S. House – but was defeated.

During that campaign, he advocated that the GOP “return to the values” of the aborted 1994 “Republican Revolution.”

Pence also gained praise from fiscal conservatives for voting against former president George W. Bush‘s 2008 bailout of Wall Street.

Pence was touted as a possible presidential contender in 2008 and 2012 – but opted against running both times.  In 2014, he was urged to seek the presidency by media mogul Steve Forbes.

“He knows what it takes to get things done,” Forbes said.  “He brings the legislative perspective, the executive perspective and the principled perspective and it’s a good combination.”

A hard-core evangelical conservative, Pence’s state made waves last spring when it adopted a law intended to promote religious freedom.  That legislation was later amended in response to a national uproar alleging it was discriminatory.

Trump chose Pence over a field of finalists that included governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.