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Trump Selects Indiana Gov. Pence for VP

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Donald Trump has named Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential selection.

The presumptive Republican candidate tweeted the news Friday just before 11 a.m.

“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my vice presidential running mate,” Trump wrote on the social media website.

Trump was due to make the announcement today at 11 a.m. in Manhattan, but had tweeted Thursday night that the attack in Nice, where a truck mowed down crowds of pedestrians and killed dozens, merited a delay in the announcement.

“In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement,” he said Thursday.

But Friday morning, with numerous news outlets reporting Pence would be the selection, and with Pence facing a noon deadline to withdraw his gubernatorial re-election campaign in Indiana, Trump confirmed the selection of Pence over other contenders that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Pence is viewed as a cautious choice, who may help Trump shore up support amongst party members, and early responses from Republican leaders have been positive.

“It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Mike Pence’s,” Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House from Wisconsin told the New York Times. “We’re very good friends. I have very high regard for him. I hope that he picks a good movement conservative. Clearly, Mike is one of those.”

Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, said Pence would be a “good move by Donald Trump,” the Times reported. McConnell has criticized Trump recently for indiscipline on the campaign trail, but said he would “look forward to enthusiastically supporting the ticket.”

 

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