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.
Georgia 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.