Donald Trump has tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Penceas his running mate, picking a political partner who has executive and congressional experience as well as support within the GOP’s conservative base.
“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate,” Trump tweeted, confirming what had been widely reported as likely the previous day. Trump added that a news conference would be held Saturday.
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
Pence didn’t even endorse Trump ahead of Indiana’s Republican primary on May 3 — the governor went with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a strong social conservative — but quickly switched to the New York businessman after his big win in the Hoosier State all but nailed down the Republican presidential nomination.
“I’m going to campaign hard for the Republican nominee because Indiana needs a partner in the White House,” Pence said during his endorsement speech of Trump.
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) July 15, 2016
Following Trump’s Twitter announcement, Pence also tweeted, saying he was “honored” to join Trump on the ticket and to help “make America great again,” invoking the real estate mogul’s campaign slogan.