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Trump Tweets that he Has Chosen Pence for Vice President

“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.,” Trump Tweeted at 10:50 am Friday.

Reports had been emerging all week that Pence would be the nominee. Trump had no choice but to announce the decision this morning because Pence had until noon Friday to file papers declaring he would run for reelection as governor, and if he didn’t, the choice would be obvious. Trump had planned an announcement Friday morning but delayed it because of the terrorist attack in France.

Mike Pence

Predictably, the Clinton campaign released an statement assailing Pence as an extremist, which is what they would have said about any conservative choice.

“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 Clinton campaign. “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,” Podesta said.

In fact, Pence is a responsible choice. He is a respected former senior House lawmaker and the current governor of Indiana, giving him both legislative and executive experience. And he is a cool hand who will provide a contrast to Trump’s volatility.

But Pence has raised some red flags among conservatives who wonder why he has joined Trump, whose positions have varied over the years, and why he once caved to Obama on Obamacare.

“Pence decided to join other big government Republicans and embrace Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion,” Phil Klein wrote Friday in the Washington Examiner. “He instantly went from hero to zero for many conservatives who care about limiting the size of government.”

Sen. Marco Rubio said Pence was a “great pick,” terming him “rock solid.”

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29 Responses to Trump Tweets that he Has Chosen Pence for Vice President

  1. I think Pence is a good selection for Trump, for the Party and for the country. Hopefully he is fully prepared to be “hit” by one and all and from all sides.

    Also, I don’t know her name, but Trump’s main spokesperson has done an excellent job — never backing down and always responding in a polite and direct manner. i hope she has a role in the Trump Administration.

          • I soloed, but the wife and I were trying to save money to buy a house and I just couldn’t justify the expense anymore.

            Anyway, I proved to myself that I could fly an airplane.

            Great fun while it lasted.

            Aileen, what were you qualified on ?

          • AFVet, I was just certified for VFR – single engine. I was over 50 when I finally got my license. Lost my depth perception in the past few years sadly….pretty important to have when landing. ha. We owned a little Cessna 152 that was “my” plane. My husband (and the bank) bought an Arrow (retractable gear) and then – a Cirrus. That Cirrus was an awesome single engine plane. All those toys are gone now but the memories remain and they comfort us as we continue to grow older. Guess we could have used that money more wisely, but honestly, I’m not sorry we spent it flying. As my husband once remarked, we were no longer “tethered to the ground.”

          • Cessna 150’s, and 172’s, Piper 140’s

            I soloed in a crosswind, the strip was 180 and 0.
            Prevailing winds that day were from the SW.
            When my instructor got out and told me to do three touch and goes. He said,…mind the crosswind.

            I had to crab the plane a bit to stay over the runway.

            Great times.

            I envy your time in the air.

            Passed my written on the first try.
            Tough test.

            I still have my logbook and the flight calculator.
            (the old slide rule type).

            Nothing like flying. :)

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