Donald Trump Names Mike Pence as Vice Presidential Running Mate
The news comes after he said he'd postpone his announcement in the wake of Thursday night's deadly attack in France.
Donald Trump has named Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter on Friday morning after tweeting the night before he was delaying a planned 11 a.m. ET Friday news conference in the wake of Thursday's deadly attack in Nice, France. In fact, Trump tweeted the news just minutes before 11 a.m. ET but said a formal news conference would be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
With the Republican National Convention starting on Monday, Trump was running out of time to name a running mate, with Pence also facing a deadline of his own. He's up for re-election in Indiana and state law requires him to withdraw from that race by noon Friday if he's joining Trump on his ticket.
Pence's team has drawn up the paperwork for the withdrawal, the Republican said, but as of Friday morning, the documents had not been submitted, the Associated Press reported earlier.
The AP also reported that Trump offered Pence the job and the governor accepted on Thursday afternoon before Pence traveled to New York.
The presumptive Republican nominee had reportedly narrowed down his picks to several Washington insiders who could help him with Congress after he is in office. Names that had been reported to be on his short list included Pence, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.
Corker withdrew his name from consideration as a possible running mate on July 6 after spending the day with the presumptive GOP nominee. The Tennessee senator and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told reporters that he "very much appreciated being considered in that way" but had decided the job of vice president just wasn't for him.
Trump said that his campaign's pool of potential running mates stood at 10 people, and more "very big names" wanted to be considered. He told the Fox News Channel: "A lot of people are calling me that you wouldn't even think about. They want to have their names thrown into the hat."
Trump has spent weeks discussing his options with his adult children, business associates and even friends from his country clubs. A.B. Culvahouse, a lawyer who has overseen vice presidential vetting for previous GOP nominees, sent vetting paperwork to top contenders late this week. While the businessman has made clear he would tap a political veteran for the post, those close to him say that's not the only element.
The staunchly conservative 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 have allowed businesses to deny service to gay people for religious reasons.
Trump's prospective choice of 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 demeanor and deep ties to Washington. His apparent selection signals Trump is serious about addressing GOP concerns about his own conservative credentials and lack of Washington experience.
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