Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has announced that
Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be his running mate and pick for vice
Trump announced his decision on Twitter, capping a frenzied 24 hours of speculation about his choice.
news conference was set for tomorrow for the two men who will take on
Hillary Clinton and her Democratic running mate in November.
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
offered the vice presidential spot to Gov. Pence pn Thursday, and the
governor boarded a plane for New York in anticipation of a Friday
announcement, according to a Republican with knowledge of the process.
But shortly after Gov. Pence arrived, Trump abruptly said he
was postponing an announcement because of the deadly attack in Nice,
France, that left more than 80 people dead.
conservative Gov. Pence, who is 57, served six terms in Congress before
being elected governor and could help Trump navigate Capitol Hill. He’s
well-regarded by evangelical Christians, particularly after signing a
law that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gay
people for religious reasons.
Trump’s announcement came about an
hour before a deadline for Gov. Pence to withdraw from his re-election
race in Indiana. State law prohibits candidates from being on the ballot
in two races.
Trump’s hectic decision-making process was made
more complicated by the fact that the businessman was in California on
Thursday for a series of fundraisers, isolated from nearly all of his
closest advisers, including his three adult children and his campaign
chairman, Paul Manafort.
Frustration among Trump and his advisers mounted
because of news reports that Gov. Pence was the pick, sending top aides
scrambling to insist no final decision had been made.
billionaire said in a series of television interviews on Thursday night
that he’d not yet settled on a “final, final” choice, leaving open the
possibility the unpredictable presumptive nominee could change his mind.
Mr Manafort dismissed suggestions in an interview on Fox News Channel
that Trump was having second thoughts about his choice. He said Trump
was planning on making an announcement this weekend. A second Republican
said he spoke to Trump on Thursday morning, and the New York real
estate mogul said he had chosen Gov. Pence and would be calling the
governor to make the offer and ask him to fly to New York.
Republican also spoke on condition of anonymity, because the person was
not authorised to publicly discuss the conversation. Trump’s choice of
Gov. Pence as his running mate adds political experience – and a dose of
unflappability – to the Republican presidential ticket.
Pence would be a reliably conservative No. 2 with a calm demeanour and
deep ties to Washington. His apparent selection signals Trump is serious
about addressing Republican concerns about his own conservative
credentials and lack of Washington experience. Trump also seriously
considered offering the running mate post to former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to people
familiar with the process.
In a brief interview with The
Associated Press, Mr Gingrich said he had still not been told by Trump
that he would not be the choice.
Trump was up against a clock in
unveiling his pick. In addition to Gov. Pence’s deadline in Indiana, the
Republican convention kicks off in Cleveland on Monday.
party officials are already in Cleveland, where a committee voted late
on Thursday to rebuff a push to let delegates vote for any presidential
candidate they’d like. It was a major blow to Republican foes of Trump
who have been working to try to thwart his nomination.
would have the backing of Republican leaders and ease some of their
concerns about Trump’s political inexperience and volatile temperament.
Pence also has influential allies in Trump’s inner circle. But some of
Trump’s children, who have been closely advising their father, were said
to favour different candidates.