LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Republican candidate for U.S. President Donald Trump has taken to social media to confirm that he has chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.
"I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate," Trump posted on Twitter. "News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M."
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 responded with his own tweet:
Indiana Republican National Committee members John Hammond III and Marsha Coats released a joint statement Friday afternoon:
We congratulate Governor Mike Pence on his selection as our Party’s presumptive Vice-Presidential nominee. He has been fighting for principled and strong conservative solutions throughout his distinguished career, from the House of Representatives to the Office of the Governor. Now, as our nominee’s running mate, he will bring the same dedication that created over 150,000 private sector jobs in Indiana to the task of holding Hillary Clinton and the Democrats accountable for their job-killing policies this November.
Hillary Clinton's campaign was quick to respond:
"By picking Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has doubled down on some of his most disturbing beliefs by choosing an incredibly divisive and unpopular running mate known for supporting discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families," said John Podesta, chair of Hillary for America, in a written statement.
The statement went on:
Pence is the most extreme pick in a generation and was one of the earliest advocates for the Tea Party. He was the first of GOP leadership to join Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus. As governor, Pence personally spearheaded an anti-LGBT law that legalized discrimination against the LGBT community, alienated businesses, caused boycotts, lost investments and embarrassed Hoosiers-- a law he was later forced to revise. Pence also personally led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood while serving in the House and fought to pass Indiana's 2016 anti-abortion law, with some of the most outrageous restrictions in the country that threatened women’s privacy and limited their choice. And just like Trump, he’s been a long-time opponent of comprehensive immigration reform.
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