Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump announced last night that he would delay today’s news conference announcing his vice presidential pick, in light of the France terror attack.
Of course, the news of Trump’s Pence pick had leaked profusely Thursday, but then Trump’s announcement that he would postpone today’s formal news conference sparked some speculation that perhaps there was a shift occurring behind the explanation of delaying due to the terror attack.
The candidate told Fox News on Thursday night that he had not made a “final, final decision” yet. And his senior aide Paul Manafort said Friday morning, “I think Mr. Trump has reached a decision, but he isn’t prepared to announce it.” [H/T The Hill]
So he surprised some when he tweeted this morning announcing his pick on Twitter. Less of a surprise by now, perhaps, was Trump’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
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
As Politico reports:
Donald Trump has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, the presumptive Republican nominee announced in a tweet, a move that adds an established, mainstream conservative politician to his unconventional bid for president.
“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.” Trump said on Friday morning.
Pence, who emerged as a potential vice presidential candidate only in recent weeks, spent a dozen years in the House and has been Indiana’s governor since 2012, fulfilling Trump’s oft-stated wish for a running mate with political and legislative experience.
Throughout his time in Congress and the state house, Pence — who campaigned with Trump Tuesday in Indiana — has pushed a socially conservative agenda, supporting laws to roll back gay rights and limit abortion. He passed the largest tax cuts in Indiana history and eliminated the state’s estate tax.
Well, now it’s official. Both Gov. Pence as Trump’s running mate — and Trump’s desire to play things unconventionally.
So, now that it’s official, what do y’all think?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]