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Trump Buys Off GOP With Pence As VP Pick



  • Trump has finally announced that Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, is now his Vice Presidential running mate.
  • Trump has met privately with Chris Christie, Mike Pence, and Newt Gingrich to try and determine who would be the best fit for his campaign.
  • Pence is expected to be able to bring in major fundraising for the now Trump/Pence party.

Trump has kept us tickled with anticipation for too long, but now the wait is over. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is now the Vice President running mate for Donald Trump. In Trump's ritualistic manner, the announcement came over Twitter.

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

The original plan was to announce his running mate during a news conference today in New York. The tragedy of the Nice, France attack inclined Trump to postpone the conference until Saturday. So, Twitter was the next best option.

Although rumors had flooded news outlets that Trump's postponement of a VP pick might indicate that the GOP front-runner was having second thoughts. Yet, it doesn't appear that Trump took the decision lightly. He recently privately met with Mike Pence, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Some had their theories that Christie was in line for the job, where others were placing their bets on Pence. I guess we know who won that bet.

Some are speculating that Pence, who went from being a candidate in the shadows to the victor of the pack, was one of the few VP picks that were willing to throw their weight behind Trump. Many of the candidates for the position had dropped out of the running. Leaving only the three (Pence, Christie, Gingrich) to fight for the position. Trump, who has been a powerhouse of a candidate, is still a wild card in the political market. That means his Vice President has to be willing to risk it all by joining his team. The relationship between “Commander and Chief” and Vice President can be a fine line between constructive and destructive. We saw the evidence of that when John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

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The decision to pick Pence couldn't have come any later, literally. Pence was on a Friday deadline to file paperwork that would put him on the ballot as either a gubernatorial or a vice president candidate. The state law does not allow you to appear on the ballot twice. On Thursday, Fox News discovered that Pence would not be seeking reelection, making the vice president candidacy the only option.

Pence is a heavy hitter in the Republican party, having spent 12 years in the Congress, some spent as the leader of House Republican Conference.

The other upside, to Trump's campaign, is the prospect that Pence might be able to bring in major fundraising. Trump's campaign is significantly behind Hillary's in the financial department. Hillary has a staggering $42 million, where Trump only has $1.3 million.

The giant black dot on Pence's record is his involvement with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which he signed. The law allowed companies and resident that are being sued to state their religious beliefs as a defense. Some stated that the law would greatly discriminate against the gay community as well as others. The heat on the law got so intense that Pence and the state legislature to fix the issue. The news coverage of the situation ended Pence's 2016 presidential aspirations.

Although some are curious as to the reasons behind the new partnership, Pence's political views greatly concur with Trumps. Pence opposed President George W. Bush's “No Child Left Behind,” policy, he claimed it would grow the federal government. Then in 2006, he revealed a “no amnesty” immigration plan that called for heightened security around America's borders, the bill, however, did not pass. He then pushed to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and vocally opposed the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

A Republican strategist and partner of the Washington law firm Wiley Rein, Caleb Burns, said, “Pence is a through-and-through conservative. Given the options, Pence was the really the only one who delivered any amount of value to the campaign. … There was no real contingency that either Gingrich or Christie would have given you — neither geographically nor in some pocket of the party.”

Look out Hillary because the boys are back in town.

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