After saying he was postponing an running mate announcement today in light of the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France last night, Donald Trump decided to tweet out his vice president selection instead.
Who did he pick?
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
The news leaked yesterday from a variety of unnamed sources and the Indy Star, which uncovered the fact that Pence had just ended his re-election campaign for governor. Yet despite that, the Trump camp continued to deny Trump had made a selection until today.
So who is Mike Pence? He is a Republican and evangelical Christian who began serving as governor in 2013. In the two previous presidential election cycles, he was mentioned as a possible candidate for the top spot. In 2000, Pence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served multiple terms. He's noted for co-sponsoring a bill that would limit federal spending, for supporting earmark reform, for taking a hardline against illegal immigration, for supporting military action in Iraq, for being pro-Israel, and for opposing same-sex marriage.
As governor, Pence has fought for tax reform and for protecting religious liberties in the face of growing LGBT influence, which has made him a target of liberals in Indiana.
The Hill describes Pence as a "staunch social conservative" and a "deeply religious man." The New York Times describes his personality as opposite to Trump's, calling him "a low-key man largely defined in public life by his Christian faith" with a "laid-back personality."
In the '90s, Pence also hosted a conservative talk radio show. His wife Karen is a former school teacher, his son Michael is a Marine Corps officer, his oldest daughter Charlotte is a documentary filmmaker, and his youngest daughter Audrey is described as a social liberal who does not see eye-to-eye politically with her father.
On Twitter, Trump said he would talk more about his selection at a news conference Saturday at 11 a.m. Eastern.
What do you think of the choice of Pence? What else do you know about him?