VICE PRESIDENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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07/16/2016

VP ANNOUNCEMENT

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BY ABC

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has officially accepted Donald Trump's offer to join him on the Republican presidential ticket. Pence says at an announcement event on Saturday in New York that Trump "is a great man and he will make a great president of the United States of America." He says he was "honored" to accept the offer to join the ticket, because the country needs "strong Republican leadership" and because presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton can never be president.

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Published Saturday, July 16, 2016
Donald Trump Announces Mike Pence as Vice Presidential Candidate


The Latest: Pence Accepts Trump's Offer to Join GOP Ticket

BY ABC

11:50 a.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has officially accepted Donald Trump's offer to join him on the Republican presidential ticket.

Pence says at an announcement event on Saturday in New York that Trump "is a great man and he will make a great president of the United States of America."

He says he was "honored" to accept the offer to join the ticket, because the country needs "strong Republican leadership" and because presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton can never be president.

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11:40 a.m.

Donald Trump says his selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate is one that will help him restore manufacturing jobs nationwide and protect religious freedom.

The presumptive Republican nominee spoke for nearly a half-hour Saturday as he introduced his pick for vice president, calling Pence onto the stage at the end.

Trump touted Indiana's falling unemployment rate and said that Pence would help his campaign and his potential administration protect the freedom of speech of religious institutions.

He also touted Pence's family and said the governor "looks good." He even noted that while Pence endorsed GOP rival Ted Cruz in Indiana's primary, the governor also praised Trump as he did so.

But while Trump says Pence's selection was partially driven by a desire to promote "party unity," Trump took a moment to attack the so-called "Never Trump" delegates attending next week's Republican National Convention.

He brags that they've been "crushed."

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11:30 a.m.

Donald Trump says the man who will join him on the Republican presidential ticket is a "man of character, honor and honesty."

Trump calls Indiana Gov. Mike Pence "a solid, solid person" and is contrasting his character to what he deemed "the corruption of Hillary Clinton," his likely Democratic opponent in the fall election.

Trump declares at an announcement event Saturday morning in New York, "What a difference between crooked Hillary Clinton and Mike Pence."

The two men are scheduled to formally become their party's nominees at next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Trump says he and Pence are the "the law and order candidates," adding that his potential administration would be far tougher on both foreign and domestic terrorism than would Clinton.

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11:20 a.m.

Donald Trump is introducing Mike Pence as his running mate, calling Indiana's governor "his first choice" to join him on the Republican presidential ticket.

Trump spoke with Pence on Saturday morning in a ballroom of a New York City hotel, a day after first introducing his choice for vice president in a Friday morning tweet.

The billionaire businessman strode first onto the stage that featured a backdrop of 10 American flags. The event did not feature any new "Trump-Pence" signs, instead displaying the standard "Trump" podium sign.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee was cheered by a crowd of several hundred friends and local Republicans. He said he would champion "law and order" in the wake of this week's terror attack in France.

He says of the new Republican ticket, "we are the law and order candidates."

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11:10 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is seizing on the suggestion that Donald Trump may have wavered in making his vice presidential pick.

Clinton's campaign released a web video early Saturday highlighting the campaign's mixed signals and Trump's contradictory statements about where he was in the selection process in the lead-up to his announcement Friday morning of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

The ad's tagline says: "Donald Trump. Always divisive. Not so decisive."

Trump's campaign has strongly rejected the idea Trump had second thoughts about Pence. Campaign chairman Paul Manafort says Trump "never waffled" once he made his decision.

Trump and Pence are scheduled to make their first joint appearance Saturday morning in New York.

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10:55 a.m.

Donald Trump is poised to officially name his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Trump and Pence will appear at a midtown Manhattan hotel on Saturday morning. It will be their first joint appearance since Trump announced his pick of Pence on Twitter Friday morning.

Pence is a favorite among Evangelical voters and the Republican Party's conservative base. He was picked after Trump's days-long and unusually public deliberation process.

Aides said the two men are not expected to take questions at Saturday's announcement event.

It will take place in the same ballroom where Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio raised eyebrows by making a racially-questionable joke during a charity event this spring.

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10:44 a.m.

The Northeast might not be the most fertile ground for Republican candidates for national office, but New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be front-and-center at next week's Republican National Convention.

Delegates from those states will have prime seats to watch billionaire businessman Donald Trump accept the GOP's nomination for president.

The delegates from Wyoming, the District of Columbia and Washington state might want to bring binoculars.

Delegates are traditionally seated based on the political importance of their state, and Trump is from New York.

Battleground states Ohio and Florida also have pretty good seats. Oddly, competitive battleground states Colorado and Virginia are in the back.

Much of the leadership of the Never Trump movement is from Colorado, so those delegates might struggle to be heard.

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3:28 a.m.

His running mate largely unknown to the public, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is introducing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a steady conservative with governing experience inside and outside of Washington.

Trump and Pence will appear together Saturday morning at a midtown Manhattan hotel, an unofficial kickoff event to the Republican National Convention two days before it opens in Cleveland.

While Trump showcases his choice, Democrat Hillary Clinton's team is already painting Pence's conservative social viewpoints as out of step with the mainstream.

Trump chose Pence in part to ease some Republicans' concerns about Trump's temperament and lack of political experience. Pence's demeanor is as calm as Trump's is fiery and he brings a sense of discipline that aides and advisers hope can bridge that gap.

 

BY ABC


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NATIONAL HEADLINES

WSJ - Donald Trump Officially Introduces Mike Pence as Running Mate on GOP Ticket
Donald Trump said his selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his Republican running mate showed a commitment to party unity and that they will form the “law and order” choice for the presidency in the fall.


ABC - Trump Picks Gov. Pence as His VP for 'Party Unity'
On a balmy Saturday morning in the heart of Manhattan, Donald Trump bucked tradition again by officially introducing his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a day later than the announcement was scheduled to take place.


CBS - Donald Trump: Mike Pence was "my first choice" for VP
On Saturday morning, just days before the presumptive nominee heads to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump announced that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was his vice presidential pick.


CNBC - Trump wavered on Pence pick after news leaked: Sources
Sources told NBC News Friday that Donald Trump was stressed over the circumstances surrounding his choice for running mate even after news of the pick leaked.


FOX - Pence, Trump set sights on Clinton, vow to restore prosperity, safety to America
Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on stage for the first time as a presidential and vice-presidential ticket Saturday, warning Americans about the perils of electing Hillary Clinton and vowing to make the country safe and prosperous again.


CNN - Trump, Pence step into the spotlight together
Donald Trump formally unveiled Mike Pence as his running mate Saturday, candidly saying he hoped the pick would unite the fractured Republican Party, in a typically unconventional rollout event that was more about the man at the top of the ticket than his new sidekick.


WND - Trump formally introduces Pence as running mate
Donald Trump introduced his new running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, with a rambling address Saturday hammering Hillary Clinton’s record but also boasting about primary victories and even a hotel he’s renovating. The two shared the stage only momentarily in an unusual appearance stripped of much of the ritual pomp of a typical vice-presidential unveiling.


Herald - Analysis: What does the VP rollout tell us about Trump?
In business and politics, Donald Trump likes to go with his gut. His selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a running mate appears to be a lesson in what happens when he doesn't.


Breitbart - Trump on Pence as VP: ‘We Are the Law and Order Candidates’
Donald Trump officially announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate in a tweet on Friday, but the two appeared together for the first time in New York City on Saturday morning, where the billionaire touted the duo as the “law and order candidates.”


NewsMax - Gen. Flynn: Trump Made 'Right Choice' By Picking Pence
Donald Trump made the "right choice for America" by picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had been one of the finalists for the spot, said Friday.


InfoWars - Pence was speculative VP choice
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been selected as the Republican vice presidential contender, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump announced Friday via Twitter.


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