Pence Confirmed As Trump VP; Some React Positively, Others Not So Much

As Nathan reported yesterday, it appears that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, confirmed on Twitter (where else?) and an official announcement planned for Saturday morning.

15-trump-pence-logo.w529.h529Georgia Senator David Perdue, who has emerged as one of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters, issued this statement following Trump’s announcment:

Donald Trump is an outsider and businessman who is listening to the American people and working to advance their priorities. I’m glad Mr. Trump has chosen Governor Mike Pence to help him lead that change in Washington. Governor Pence is a conservative leader and champion of our Founding Principles of economic opportunity, fiscal responsibility, limited government, and individual liberty. I’m excited to work with the Trump-Pence ticket as we turn the page from the failed liberal policies of Obama and Clinton and change the direction of our country.

The fact that Pence had been selected as Veep was further cemented with the campaign logo at right, which was quickly mocked.

Looking at social media, it appears that Governor Pence’s handling of Indiana’s RFRA law was cause for concern for potential voters. Some conservative Republicans were upset that Pence watered down the bill following complaints from businesses and sports figures after it passed in 2015, while some moderates and independents didn’t like the fact that Pence hadn’t vetoed the bill completely. Other conservatives noted that Indiana had approved Medicaid expansion under Pence’s watch.

The next stop after the official announcement at 11 Saturday morning is the convention itself, which begins on Monday.

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davidmac
davidmac

Early each day, to many town halls, The short-fingered orange haired one comes. In his own special way to the racists he calls, “Make ‘Merica great again!” “Build a big-ass wall, keep out the brown, And you’ll be glad if you do, ‘Cause you can’t get a job when the factory’s shut down, The ticket is TRUMP-PENCE for you!” Feed the fears, TRUMP-PENCE will do, TRUMP-PENCE, TRUMP-PENCE, TRUMP-PENCE for you! Feed the fears of those different guys, While in DC Lady Liberty cries. All around this whole nation the establishment Runs far far away from him. Although they deserve it,… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Not sure how this widens the tent?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well Trump is great at offending women, Latinos, Muslims, and Jews. Pence will make sure the ticket is equally offensive and nauseating to the LGBT community.

I don’t think there are enough straight, old, white men in the country to elect Trump.

LoyaltyIsMyHonor
LoyaltyIsMyHonor

Exactly my White Little Friend….Always better to pander to the minorities right? “Look at me? I’ll protect you from the evil white man and his police force….oh, you’ll earn $15 an hour flipping burgers even though you couldn’t even earn a high school degree.” Meanwhile, Unions continue their parasitic relationship of minimum wage workers.

And I say that as a first generation American. And I’ll never vote for Trump or Killary.

Indypendant
Indypendant

Feel the same way about police unions?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’ve never seen a VP rollout bungled this badly. Announcing a VP as part of the Friday news dump in the wake of a terror attack that is going to take all the weekend headlines. Failing to update Pence or Trump’s web and social media pages for HOURS after the “announcement.” Failing to secure top level domains. Failing to text the supporters who registered to “find out first.” Having it leak, then trying to get out of it in the middle of the night, then weirdly delaying it, then weirdly going ahead with it. Man, what a clown show.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well at least they had a first class logo ready to go.

Davo65
Davo65

Is that not the best logo ever? Trump is on top of Pence; sticking something into him. A chubby finger…or something else? This just makes me wish it was Palin as VP.

This election has gone on for so long but stuff like this kinda makes me wish it will never end.

Indypendant
Indypendant

I’m predicting the latest twist…..Hillary picks Trump as her VP.

John Konop
John Konop

Why is he basically tied? Why are Dems so scared?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Because it’s incredibly, incredibly early? Romney was up on Obama at this point in 2012. The electoral math, as mentioned yesterday, strongly favors Clinton even without OH or FL in her column.

John Konop
John Konop

You know more than guys running? WOW! They should just fire their staff, and call you, and or just read this site!

xdog
xdog

You seem to have no problem thinking you know more than anyone else, based on a handful of polls taken after a couple of weeks of events that are favorable to Trump. Trump will probably get a further bounce post-convention, providing delegates keep their clothes on in public and there isn’t too much blood in the streets, although I expect he’d benefit from a little head-knocking. Polls aren’t destiny and July isn’t November.

Noway2016
Noway2016

We can all pretty much agree that if more chaos occurs it plays right into Trumps wheelhouse. Reagan Dems will become Trump Dems.

Indypendant
Indypendant

How’s about a wager?

Trump wins and I’ll eat my laptop.

What do you wager?

John Konop
John Konop

Huh, I posted a story in a well respected political magazine, The Hill which reported Democrat Senators are scared about recent polling numbers. That is beyond just “thinking”? Personally I think Pence was a bad choice, Trump should of gone wider tent, that is what I was thinking. But Trump is trending in the right direction, I could be way off, because I am shocked after recent negative press he is trending well,

xdog
xdog

Donks are scared because they know they might lose. Do you think they’re stupid just because you don’t agree with their politics? Even if Clinton’s lead were bigger, the pros in the campaign will continue to keep donors and activists from taking a win for granted.

John Konop
John Konop

My point was Andrew was looking at the polling trends from a very bias view, Obviously Trump is polling better….not sure he will win, trends are trends….

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m looking at polling with a long-term view because we’re over 3 months out from Election Day. The models still strongly favor Clinton. She also has 217 EVs “in the bag” unless you think Trump will magically become competitive in CA, IL, or NY. She has way more money to put towards advertising (some of which I’ve gotten to see being up in NoVa for work this week). Trump has no constituency outside of straight, older, white males and I, quite frankly, don’t see how he brings women, young people, or people of color under the tent. I’m glad that… Read more »

augusta52
augusta52

Well, I guess that gets the Hoosier state into Trump’s column—not that there really should be much doubt about that; in the last 50 years, Indiana has voted Democratic for president just once, narrowly for Obama in 2008. Christie would not have given Trump New Jersey (Christie’s approval rating is so low there, he certainly desperately wants “out” before his second term would end), and either Christie or Gingrich could have rivaled Trump for attention, which is contrary to the norm of the attention being on the presidential candidate, not his lieutenant (one reason Hillary would not pick Elizabeth Warren,… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Don’t be so sure. Data shows the VP nominee generally does little to help a ticket, even in the VP’s home state. Plus, Pence isn’t really the most popular guy in that state at the moment, he was in for a tough re-election campaign.

Davo65
Davo65

It’s all in the messaging. Pence is the power bottom; look at the logo.

Davo65
Davo65

#LogoFail: Trump/Pence campaign scrubs “screw you” branding after one day of massive ridicule

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/logofail-trumppence-campaign-scrubs-screw-you-branding-after-one-day-of-massive-ridicule/

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Yes, that is an odd-looking logo. I think it can be hard to get interlocking letters to look right. For instance, GT does it very well.

xdog
xdog

The St Louis Cardinals manage three interlocking letters without offending anyone.