Pence will calm the GOP establishment as the Veep
WASHINGTON – As we reported yesterday, Donald Trump has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice to be his running mate. The announcement was done via Twitter today and this weekend the two will do a public appearance together before heading to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention starting Monday.
“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.,” the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted.
Multiple news outlets reported Thursday that Trump had called Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket. Pence has accepted.
The pick sets up a stark clash in styles: a brash presumptive nominee with a tendency to freelance into controversies alongside a cautious former congressional leader who’s stuck close to conservative orthodoxy since starting his career in talk radio.
Trump did his best to keep the drama going Thursday after a frenetic day.
“I haven’t made my final, final decision,” he told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday evening. “I mean, I’ve got three people that are fantastic. I think Newt (Gingrich) is a fantastic person. I think Chris Christie is a fantastic person, been a friend of mine for 15 years. Just a fantastic person. And there’s Mike, and Mike has done a great job as governor of Indiana. You look at the numbers, and it’s been great — he’s done really a fantastic job. But I haven’t made a final, final decision.”
But speaking at a fundraiser in Los Angeles later in the evening, Trump said he had made.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was among the final candidates Trump was considering to be his running mate, the business mogul’s son-in-law Jared Kushner opposes the idea of Christie on the ticket, multiple news outlets reported Wednesday.
In 2004, Christie as U.S. attorney for New Jersey prosecuted the government’s case against Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, the real estate executive, philanthropist and political donor. The elder Kushner pleaded guilty in federal court to 18 felonies, including making illegal campaign contributions and evading taxes.
Christie is one of the most loyal Trump supporters and he will land a job in the new administration – providing Trump wins.
The third man considered Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House from Georgia will like Christie land a job, should he want it, if Trump is elected.