Earlier this week Donald Trump finally announced that he was choosing Indiana Governor (and former Congressman) Mike Pence (R-IN) as his running mate for the 2016 presidential election. In some ways, the choice was a surprise, but in others, it was Mr. Trump’s first obviously political decision in the 2016 campaign. In the final days before his announcement there was some suspense about who Trump might select – rumor had it that he was considering conservatives Pence and Newt Gingrich (R-GA), moderate Chris Christie (R-NJ), and pro-abortion Democrat, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn. In the end, Trump eschewed his maverick streak and chose the one candidate of the bunch who could win back some previously lost conservative voters.
CNN now reporting: Donald Trump has called IN Gov. Mike Pence to offer him VP slot and Pence accepted
— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrekwalsh) July 14, 2016
Here’s what Mr. Trump had to say about his running mate.
“The turnaround and the strength of Indiana has been incredible. And I learned that when I came here. And I learned that when I won the state in a landslide. And I learned that when Gov. Pence, under tremendous pressure from establishment people, endorsed somebody else, but it was more of an endorsement of me, if you remember. He talked about Trump and he talked about Ted [Cruz], who is a great guy. He’s speaking at the convention! Good guy, Ted Cruz. But Pence talked about Cruz and he talked about Trump.
So even though he was under pressure, it was the single greatest non-endorsement I’ve had in my life.”
Meanwhile, Governor Pence was more than happy to accept Mr. Trump’s offer…
Elections are about choices. I joined this ticket because the choice could not be more clear. The stakes could not be higher. Americans can choose a leader who will fight to make America safe and prosperous again, and bring real change, or we can elect someone who literally personifies the failed establishment in Washington, D.C.
Seven and a half years of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s policies have weakened America’s place in the world and stifled our nation’s economy. Terrorist attacks at home and abroad, grim and heartbreaking scenes from France just a few short days ago, the attempted coup in Turkey, all attest to a world spinning apart.
History teaches us that weakness arouses evil. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s foreign policy of leading from behind, moving red lines, failing resets is a testament to this truth of history, and we must bring a change to America’s standing in the world.
We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends. America needs to be strong for the world to be safe. On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength. He will rebuild the arsenal of democracy, stand with our allies and hunt down and destroy our enemies of freedom.
Whatever your opinion of Donald Trump, his selection of Mike Pence as VP makes his candidacy for the presidency all the more serious… and possible.