Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has officially announced his vice presidential pick: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
Pence has many Trump supporters cheering, and conservatives believe he brings a lot of beneficial qualities to Trump’s ticket. His calm, Midwestern manner, alongside his traditional conservative values, promise to make the Trump campaign much stronger.
Here are 5 things voters need to know about Mike Pence:
1. Loyal Christian with strong social conservative values
Pence can often be heard in speeches saying, “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”
In a 2012 interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Pence said, “For me it all begins with faith; it begins with what matters most, and I try and put what I believe to be moral truth first. My philosophy of government second. And my politics third.”
This philosophy has been clearly demonstrated throughout his political career, most commonly with social issues.
He has been a continuous pro-life advocate, sponsoring the first bill to defund Planned Parenthood in 2007, and didn’t give up until it finally passed the house in 2011.
In Indiana, he has cut public funding to abortion clinics by more than $1 million, and in March signed a bill that made Indiana the second state in the nation to ban abortions on babies diagnosed with Downs syndrome. He called the bill, “a comprehensive pro-life measure that affirms the value of all human life.”
In April of 2015, he signed into law a “religious freedom” bill, banning state or local governments from significantly limiting a person’s right to exercise their religion.
These strong Christian values could help Trump win over the evangelical vote, and the vote of Christians who are skeptical of Trump’s religious values.
2. Self-described as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf”
In the 1990s, Pence was the star of the radio show “The Mike Pence Show,” where he was often heard referring to himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf.” He was referring to his strong conservative views, similar to Limbaugh, combined with his calm and collected demeanor.
Pence has been quoted saying, “I’m a conservative. But I’m not angry about it,” a quality that could greatly improve Trump’s standing with voters who think of him as “bombastic.”
3. Allies on Capitol Hill
Pence was a member of Congress from 2001- 2012 and during his time on Capitol Hill, he became a well-respected leader in the party.
Pence served as chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, was the chairman of the House Republican Conference, and was assigned to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
In his time in D.C., he gained a lot of respect from fellow Republicans, most notably Paul Ryan. When speaking about Trump’s vice presidential pick Thursday, Ryan said, “It’s no secret, I’m a big fan of Mike Pence’s, we’re very good friends, I have very high regard for him. I hope he picks a good movement conservative. Clearly Mike is one of those.”
4. Raised as a Democrat
As a child, Pence was a huge fan of John F. Kennedy, and admits to still having a box of Kennedy paraphernalia. In a CBN News interview from 2010, he explained, “It may be that I grew up in a big Irish Catholic family like he did. Maybe it was that my grandparents were so proud of the first Irish Catholic president.”
As he realized his true political leanings, Pence switched his presidential inspiration to a more predictable one: Ronald Reagan.
He has referred to him as, “the last president in my lifetime to really model a traditional American presidency”” and that he has “always believed in Ronald Reagan’s saying, ‘Peace through Strength.'”
5. A huge asset for fundraising
It’s no secret that Wall Street-backed Hillary Clinton is beating Trump when it comes to fundraising.
Luckily for the Trump/Pence ticket, Pence doesn’t only have connections on Capitol Hill, but also has connections with deep-pocket donors.
The billionaire Koch brothers, who are often huge backers of the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign, have yet to endorse anyone in the 2016 election. That could all change now that Pence is involved.
Pence’s longtime adviser Marc Short, once served as president of the Koch-backed Freedom Partners. And his deputy chief of staff was recently the director of communications for Koch Industries.
Share your thoughts on Gov. Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate — comment below!
I am surprised no one has offered up any dirt on Mike Pence, or
any I have read thus far. If Mr. Trump and He are elected, Mike would
be a good one to take over in case something happened to Mr. Trump
and to run for President after his 8 years are up as VP.
I actually would like any of the short list Trump has.
Trump for # one 2016 and 2020. It will take him that long to get us
back on the road to recovery. Pence would be a good one to carry on
in his footsteps
Howard martin says
Very happy Mike Pence is a good man and a good Repubican.
The Redhawk says
Mary Florek says
Happy about the choice. We are on our way to the White House. Go trump and Pense
Roberta Altman says
I agree! Pense is so much better than the other two he was supposedly considering! He will win conservatives over to the ticket that were on the fence. I am one of them. Now I have something to look forward to.
Debra Ginsberg says
Good to hear that, Roberta. killary can NOT have a chance to win………She’s gonna pull some ‘never-b4-seen’ CORRUPT voter fraud…….probably WORSE THAN she pull when she was running against Bernie Sanders…….Some friends are STILL reeling from THAT manifest/palpable VOTER FRAUD!!!!!!! I’ve been #neverkillary since Gov Kassik (sp?) and Cruz dropped out! I SO THE USA HAD INSTITUTED NATION-WIDE REQUIRED STATE ID/LICENSE REQUIRED TO VOTE, BEFORE! It is one of the ways we can assure that MORE (!!) dead ppl can’t vote and ppl can’t vote MULTIPLE ( 🙁 ) times!!!!!!!
Good selection for man reasons. Marvin T
Donald Phillips says
yea but in time dear Watson give it time. I’m sure the scumbag can’t wait to put their claws in him.
A Uribe says
Sorry the only scumbag and liar is Hilary and Bill! America is ready for REAL Change, Hilary will lie to get whatever she wants as her husband did!
I am thrilled with Trump’s choice of Mike Pence. This is the first real hope I have had for our party to win the election. I was praying that Pence would be the man, yeah! God does answer my prayers.
You are so right they are but i was referring to their minion they have working for them.
1) Started out as a constitutional conservative firebrand in Congress, only to shift increasingly to the left during his tenure, and eventually join the corrupt GOP congressional leadership under John Boehner;
2) Pushed for amnesty while in Congress and removed some restrictions on illegal immigrant eligibility for in-state tuition as Governor of Indiana;
3) Capitulated to Democrat demands to remove many provisions of a religious liberty bill as Governor despite having a SUPERMAJORITY in BOTH HOUSES of the Indiana legislature;
4) Had Indiana opt out of Common Core only to replace it with a state equivalent that is arguably even more overbearing;
5) Run Indiana as a John Kasich-esque techocrat when dealing with health care and the economy;
6) Publicly express support for TPP.
So just say it. I our a Hillary fan
How about Hell no, I hate the biatch… she is pure scum and evil… I’m just trying to pull the stick out of my behind at the moment so I can sit down..
Now its time to put the “Indian” Warren back in her tent on the reservation- she’s a bigger liar than Hillary
Yep, all true. This was the deal Trump had to make to get the party United. Was it wrong? I don’t think so. Trumps the boss. He knows what has to be done about education, immigration and healthcare.
Is Newt a better choice to you? He voted for NAFTA
No matter who was chosen as the VP pick, we can find fault. The truth is, no ones perfect.
Trump made his pick knowing he would, if elected, get his VP behind him no matter what they personally believed, just as others have before him. Now is not the time to add divisiveness to our cause. Now is the time to unite and take the fight to the enemy.
Well said. I trust The Donald and would have been happy with any of those on his short list. Don’t know Mike Pence but I like what I hear. By the way. I am 63 and I have shifted my political views on many issues over the years based on new experiences and greater wisdom. That’s not always a bad thing, is it?
J Minzes says
I believe we should give Pence a change. As stated before me, no one is perfect. I believe Trump chose him to help unite the Rep part, but also, I am confident that he considered someone who could carry on his policies should something happen to him (Trump). As bad as Obama is, I shudder to think of Biden as President. It must be a consideration. Let’s see how it plays out. Hillary made her ugly statement minutes after it was tweeted by Trump that Pence would be his VP pick.
Ken: That’s not what I read about Pence on Numbers USA. Quite the opposite on immigration. He was not for amnesty either.
Both Ken and Faxxmax are correct. We need to unite and put the Merkel-Soros-Clinton marxist clan out of business. I think Trump/Pence ticket can do this and can save us from a Soviet style socialism. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you I spent 24 years behind the “iron curtain” and can recognize a marxist when I see one, like our current White House tenant.
KILLERY Clinton’s Resume:…….When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.
Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations.
She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well:
Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.
Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.
Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.
Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle was: She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.
She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives. By saying I do not recall, Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.
After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen.
What a swell party – ready for another four or eight years of this type low-life mess? Now we are exposed to the Destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State (Plus … Remember the Benghazi Horror!!) and the “pay-to-play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next.
But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?”
Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven!
Pam Glass says
AMEN!! TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN!!!!! RIGHT ON!!!!! TRUMP ALL THE WAY!!!!! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!!
Terry……magnificent post ! I just like to add…I don’t know Satan personally but his sister is running for president !!!
Cap'n Kirk says
The wicked witch of the East? or is she from the West… maybe just the wicked witch from Chicago…
That was spot on. Thanks
Interesting post, Terry, however, I thought that this was supposed to be about Mike Pence & Donald Trump. (Please do not understand me, what you said was most accurate, but I was not expecting for someone to talk about Killary Rotten Crooked.) 🙂
Debra Ginsberg says
KUDDOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on your ‘killary history tour’. I WAS RIVETED because it’s ALL TRUE, PAINFUL, HORRIFIC but NECESSARY, to get THE WORD OUT to the SUPERFICIAL, NEXT-PRES-MUST-BE-A-WOMAN (Actually,….. does killary qualify as a woman (??)………Yes, she’s a female, but CERTAINLY NOT a human!!)….AND ILL-INFORMED VOTERS!!!!!!
El Tejas says
Her blind supporters of course will deny any of this ever happened. And if it did it is of no consequence and what does it matter anyway? However, what you posted was vey astute and accurate. But the article was about Trump’s pick for VP. So, who will Hillary ask to be her running mate? And what sort of people would she nominate to fill key positions in her administration? Debbie Shultz for White House Chief of Staff? Jessie Jackson for Secretary of State? Al Sharpton for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development? Lynch stays on as AG? Bernie Sander as Secretary of Labor? Bill Clinton as Chairman of council of Economic Advisors? These are just a few wild guesses. Fell free to make some of your own.
Debra Ginsberg says
Ken, Thank you for providing some counter-challenges on Pence. We ALL need to know the FACTS on every ‘player’ in our GOP FIGHT against killary!! THIS is an ALL IMPORTANT ELECTION for the VERY SOUL of the USA!!!………killary can NOT have a CHANCE of becoming……BANNISH THE THOUGHT!!!…POTUS. SHE IS A PALPABLE CANCER, who will bring an EVIL CURSE onto the USA, from which we probably WILL NEVER RECOVER!!
Arthur Hartsock says
Maybe Mr. Trump needs access to big-time Republican campaign donors? And this is his deal to obtain a bit of their support? Politics makes strange bedfellows.
Madelene Jacob says
Yes, it was a good choice, but nothing would happen to Mr. Trump! He is protected by a high mighty God. Life and death it’s in God’s hand, look what’s happening in France , you can’t predict death!
Ms. M Jacobs, I don’t have a pony in this race because of my low esteem of politicians but I just don’t get the gist of your statement. When one comes to the unknown, there is hardly anything one can predict. You can’t predict that your water will run tomorrow. Or even that you will wake up. I am open to explanation if you care to elaborate. Oh, and please understand, I am not arguing or challenging you. My only interest is educating myself to what you mean/meant. Thank you.
I was ecstatic to learn of Donald Trump decision. I believe God has heard from millions praying over Donald and
shown him who needs to stand tall by his side as VP. I further believe all Christians should get out and vote this time.
That was the big problem with last elections. The Bible teaches it is one of our Christian responsibilities. If they do
not vote they let God, our president, our country down saying by silence I do not practice what I believe!!!!
The one great thing about Trump – he knows how to hire the people who will get the job done! That gives me great comfort 🙂
[email protected] says
Every Repub and TPs is disappointed Trump has chosen Pence as running mate. Pence is unpopular in his home state. Trump is done – he better goes home to NY to his wives. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence looks like a retard to me. Look he is short and fat like Trump. Compare that with Obama pick – Joe Biden. Both are tall and good looking. Americans love to elect tall and good looking presidents. Trump/Pence ticket is DOA. GOP might as well fold and go home. Let’s prepare for Hillary to take over from President Obama. Vote for Hillary on November 8 at 9 am. She is smart and ready to confront TPs and Repubs moron in Congress.
Interesting. Retard??? Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. What does short and fat have to do with running a government?? You are possibly right. Maybe Americans should consider changing the physical qualifications of the people they have been choosing for their president and vice-president the last few years. By all means, prepare but of more importance come back after Hillary’s first term and tell me how we went from a republican democracy/democratic republic to a communist county in just 12 short years. And how we will be owing the Chinese our whole country. BTW, I am not good about politicians nor their ways but I’ve live 78 years and watched this country go from a great one, to a sadly divided one and it started 8 years ago. Thank you.
pmbalele: Your comment sounds like this country is running a men’s beauty contest. Who is concerned about who is tall and good looking have to do with running a big country like ours? From what I know there is nothing in the guidelines that men running for the presidency should be tall and good looking and besides that is a mater of opinion…….they neither one do anything for me. We need someone as our president who has intelligence, political knowledge, common sense, respectability, integrity, really and truly wants transparency, honesty, does not lie, love and respect this country and it’s people. Compare those trait to the ones you call “Obama picks”………doesn’t come close to what the GOP has in Trump and Pence. Hillary is certainly not very smart or she wouldn’t have to lie all the time and get involved in so many scandals you can’t keep up with them and neither can she. She might have been able to dodge the bullet by the FBI in very suspicious happenings just before the announcement by the FBI of no charges. Very suspicious enough to make it smell like a “rigged” decision. The FBI did say she lied to the American people, did some lying to the FBI, and that she was a very careless person regarding her use to the e-mails she lied about so much, lying about Benghazi and the murder of four of our American citizens she didn’t think was important enough to send help to them when they needed it. She and Obama concocted lies for their excuses for no help sent, lies she told to the families of the four men murdered ………..the lies to save their sorry necks. These families have not had one word from those two concerning how their loved ones died. A Mother of the Navy seal who was murdered…….he was her son and only child……….how would Hillary handle something like that if she was in that Mother’s shoes? I would venture to say” NOT VERY WELL”. After all I have read of her temper tantrums she would scream and yell and cuss someone out if that had been her child. “Go TRUMP GO”. ” ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE” 2016!!!!!!! Trump and Pence Make America Great again.
Kathleen M. says
Pence is popular in Indiana except for those who only care about their unions and killing their babies. Fortunately, that is not the majority of Hoosiers.
El Tejas says
You wish! Tall and handsome? That is a matter of opinion. Smart? By whose standards? May it be respectfully suggested that the socialist democrats pack up and go home?
Don Bower says
Excellent choice…two powerful men to lead our country!
diane gerber says
Seems like a wise choice and hopefully will stop the Dumpers-although they seem Hell bent on furthering their own agenda rather than caring about this country of their own party for that matter. One thing though-I know there’s a lot going on and I agree that our priorities will be tended to by Trump and Pence. But I would like to see them show concern for our environment. The Koch brothers are on a roll to seize our public land for their own profit. Not only is that heartbreaking for all of us, but it could also present a weakness if they were to contribute to this campaign. It would be the Goldman-Sachs equivalent and a real turn-off to younger voters. I sincerely hope they don’t accept that money:(
Its the Federal Government that has seized our Public lands. It would be much better off in private hands.
Marvin Foster says
I personally would have preferred Newt Gingrich as Trump’s running mate but hopefully Mike Pence will be a good second choice.
I’m with you. But I think Paul Ryan and the rest had a lot to say about this, and the Republican elite obviously prefer Mike Pence to Newt. I say, make Newt Secretary of State. He’d be great. And Chris Christie Attorney General –and Ben Carson Surgeon General, and Flynn in charge of the military and……… lots of good, strong men to choose from. Anybody but the pantywaists currently in power. And that includes Hillary.
Roberta Sullivan says
Agree Nancy. They would be a great strong team of great American leaders. Where can we put Rudy?
He’s such a great leader too.
Manuel J Acosta says
I totally agree with you, this would be a dream team and a resurrection for our Nation
Paul Ryan needs to be cantored!! Trump doesn’t take advice from Paul Ryan!! Paul Ryan is a muslim lover!!
Pence is pro-TPP, pro-amnesty, pro-Muslim, and pro-NAFTA.
Excuse me while I pull Trump’s knife out of my back…
And how do you know this?
Are you a conservative or a liberal?
Do I sound like a libtard???
I did my homework…
Read it and weep: http://www.infowars.com/the-problem-with-mike-pence-hes-a-free-trade-globalist/
Remember he has had long talks with Trump, and he has to follow Trumps lead…Trump opposes those things SO Pence would have had to agree to do the same or Trump would not have picked him….Pence has had years in Politics and can work well with the boys in the House and Senate…he can be the go between guy for Trump and the others ….he will also help Conservatives that question whether to vote Trump or third party to actually vote Trump/pence
The Redhawk says
IT Got it from the HILRBEAST POST for LIars…he has NO PROOF
The Old Whiskey Trail says
QBall research your sources before you post. That article was by Alex Jones. He is known for being a conspiracy theorist. He believes the Oklahoma City bombing a government plot. I would put more faith in Howard Stern!
He is telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This is a sham I’m telling you folks. I spent months battling for Trump and against the other Tyrant. This guy is bad bad and more bad. Don’t be fooled… If for some odd reason they can beat Hillary, which I don’t think is possible right now… The left will chew them up, and I believe this is all by design. I tried to look the other way on many things I disagreed with Trump on like Pro-Life that he’s not, his long long friendship with the Clintons, stating for years that he leaned way more Democrat, He is for extending the Patriot Act, he is for the NSA spying on Americans, assault rifle bans etc… I fought hard for this guy and against Cruz, who may actually be the lesser of the two evils, but still Cruz is an establishment sell out…
Yeah. I just loved seeing Cruz hop on the traitor plane with Obama the other day.
ANYONE, Absolutely, anyone is better than Hi’liar’y!!!
Is this true? Trump is against all of those!
You are full of xxxx.
Roberta Sullivan says
Agreed! Another liberal that loves liberal lying Hilbilly.
See Mike Pence’s records on immigration: http://www.fairus.org/legislation/federal/fair-statement-on-selection-of-gov-pence?platform=hootsuite
That is a little positive, but then it is a conservative leaning site.. I have just read way too much dirt on Pence and scares the living crap out of me. Everyone around me is or was for Trump. I mean 9 out of 10 and now most are down right pissed.. or at the least perturbed. So many people were putting life on hold waiting for this announcement…
The Old Whiskey Trail says
People have a right to apply for citizenship. It’s part of our system. If the U.S never let anyone in no one would be here. The original constitutional right is naturalization. We are not communist. Legal immigration is a part of our system of government that has never done anything to hurt our sosiety. In our history we have put temporary limits on the numbers we choose to naturalize and make citizen.
Surely not!! I can’t see Trump choosing a vp that is for all those things that Trump isn’t. I had hoped it would be Newt, even though he has some baggage. I think he would be a bear going after these terrorists.
Qball: You are a troll and lying about pence being pro-tpp, pro-amnesty, pro-muslim!! Did Hillary sent you here??
I despise Hitlery Stalin Clinton with every molecule of my being. The day that b!tch is dead and burning in hell can’t come soon enough.
If you doubt what I’m saying about Pence then it’s simple enough to go check the man’s record: http://www.infowars.com/the-problem-with-mike-pence-hes-a-free-trade-globalist/.
On the other hand, if you’re simply too lazy or feeble-minded to do that, then I suppose you can just keep calling me a liar…
I don’t remember exactly who said this, but he compared the vice-presidency to a, “bucket of warm spit.”
Probably holds true today.
Bonita Weimerskirch says
I feel Mike Pence was a wise choice because of his conservative history. He has experience and a calm demeanor which should bolster Trump’s presentation methods.
By the looks of it, Pence is starting out with a large segment of conservative voters dead set against him.
Conservative? – (1.) pro-TPP, (2.) pro-amnesty, (3,) pro-Muslim, and (4.) pro-NAFTA. don’t add up to a conservative anything.
George W. Bush was Pro Life, but didn’t care how many of our boys got sent off to a senseless fabricated war. Yes I voted for the thug twice…
Kathleen M. says
Pro-Muslim, the guy who suspended refugee settlement in Indiana? Also, if you call going to Japan to encourage investment in the state globalism, then hmmm. We in Indiana who have known who Mike Pence is for years know this is a great choice.
Gayle Elie says
Mike Pence is an outstanding choice. Kudos to Donald trump. This team can win in Nov.
Vivian caramanna says
Good for you Mr.trump , good choice.
Trump knows what he is doing. I questioned this choice- but it is making more sense.
Pence will stand behind and with Trump on immigration,TPP, Muslims etc.
Most Americans didn’t want to hear What Trump was saying at first. But now he makes TOTAL SENSE!!!
Wake up America!!!
Hope Trump and Pence get the job done and finally start putting some of these filthy Commies in prison. So many have ruined this country. They have a BIG JOB to do!!!!
Smart choice Trumph. How about Republicans being for the wall now, ha!
There won’t be no wall now… We have been played.. If they build a wall, it would probably only be like 20 feet high and we would funnel underground money to Mexico making it look like they are paying for it. While it was being built they could add some tunnels for easier access for the illegals…
Koch Bros will help out for sure… They also want a one world government with one language, one King, one culture, one rule of law (not our constitution) and so on…
It’s just a game, or should I say “The Art of the Deal”…
Ken;You are a Hillary troll!! Go away with your lies!!! Info wars is wrong!!!
Sharon: Infowars is not wrong. They’ve been the biggest cheerleaders on the planet for Trump; however, they haven’t yet uttered a word about Trump’s terrible choice for VP, which is probably because they’re still in shock over it…
I’m ok with Mike Pence. I would have rather chosen Gingrich. Republican all the way!!
Agreed 100%. I would have preferred Gingrich, but Pence seems like a wise choice, it may work in Trump’s favor :).
Oh, I think Gingrich will be in the administration in some way.
Glenn Owens says
TRUMP and PENCE !!!! YES – YES – GREAT TEAM – TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. I AM SO EXCITED TODAY WITH TRUMP’S PICK OF OUR NEXT VP PENCE AND OUR NEXT PRESIDENT TRUMP.
I AM SO TIRED OF THE LEFT WING DO NOTHING LIBERALS THAT CONTINUE TO DRAG OUR COUNTRY DOWN. JUST THINK WHEN TRUMP IS ELECTED WE CAN CHANGE THE SUPREME COURT AND GET IT BACK ON TRACK DOING WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO DO, UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUATION. WE SHOULD SEE THE MORAL FIBER OF OUR COUNTRY IMPROVE THE DAY TRUMP IS SWORN IN AS OUR PRESIDENT.
Maybe he will change his mind and not be “pro-amnesty, pro-Muslim, pro-NAFTA and pro-TPP. We can only hope. I was leaning toward Gingrich, but Trump is smart and made his choice. So, we shall see.
We need to hope Killary doesn’t win!!! She will if she can manipulate her way, legally or otherwise. She cannot be trusted with national secrets. Very poor judgment in so many ways.
BO promised to “fundamentally change America” and no one understood exactly what he meant. And the “uninformed” voters and dead people voted him in – twice. Now we know, but the “uninformed” will still vote for Killary, even with her scandals and promise to carry on BO’s plan.. They like lying, cheating, trickery, etc.
Mary Colson says
Great pick! Conservative, personable, strong on Christian values and religious freedoms, foreign policy experience, too! A great balance for Trumo, the star!
YES! You have followed the Nations #1 liar and spouting the Liberal lies.
Ron Stroman says
Good choice…….. I also liked the Newt……… Now let’s ALL go behind these guys…….. If you do not think we need a change…… Look at France
His background, connections and being a Conservative from Washington helps. Smart choice Trumph. I actually thought Jeff Sessions was first being suggested.
Mary Faith Elson Suarez says
It is a relief to read about Mike Pence’s character and qualifications. Thank you for the background information!
Harold M says
To me, Pence is an unknown and will not have the clout that Gingrich has. I felt it to be a huge mistake much like it was for John McCain when he chose Palin as a running mate. I love Sarah Palin but at the time she was a virtual unknown. These can be big mistakes but I hope not as we need this country to be turned around. Go Trump 2016
I like the idea of building a Wall between USA and Mexico:
1/. Why people think that building the Wall mean no immigrants? Trump did not say that he build no Gates. We just control immigration.
2/. Why can we build the Wall, provides free housing in side the walls for our border control families, and on top of the wall there will be an Aqua duct that bring excess water from the East to the West when needed? Like the Romans centuries ago.
I can provide the drawing for Mr. Trump anytime.
What do you think?
Whatever helps Trump win, I’m all for it.
A poll released yesterday (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-mike-pence-trump-vice-president-is-unknown-to-most-voters/) showed that only 5% of voters have a favorable opinion of Mike Pence and 8% have an unfavorable opinion. The rest seem to have never heard of him. Those numbers make him more popular than either Trump or Clinton, so I guess he will help the ticket.
It seems that he will be an asset in appealing to evangelicals but will not bring in any other demographic. He probably has as much of a slim chance of becoming vice-president as he had of being re-elected in Indiana, where is approval rating is way less than 50%.
In the end it doesn’t matter. Most voters don’t care about vice-presidential candidates; they are going to make their decision based on the person running for president – even if they need to hold their noses while voting for him/her.
What is this based on 2 people’s opinion? This poll is bogus like so many of them I would not listen to it. I have known about Pence for a while and if they people they polled did not then they picked the wrong group to poll.
If they had asked people who knew about him, I think the pollsters would have found that Pence has been widely ridiculed for his bungling of anti-LGBT legislation that he signed and then was forced to withdraw; that he has worked tirelessly to make sure Indiana is a low-wage state to the great benefit of large corporations; that he has said Trump’s Muslim ban was “unacceptable and unconstitutional”; that he supports trade agreements that Trump says he’d cancel or try to renegotiate; and has said it’s simply not “realistic” to deport over 11 Million illegal individuals from the US or to think that Mexico will build a wall along our border.
Still, most hold a higher opinion of Pence than they do of either Trump or Clinton. It’s that kind of election.
jerry holbrok says
it makes sense. Too bad can’t coose a vp in charge of domestic affairs and a vp in charge of foreign affairs. think a srong sec. stateis on the way. As a Christian and a Repulican i say God bless them.
Hope girl says
Very good choice. I hope Mr. Trump utilizes the other guys in his cabinet. Hope he never uses bush or Romney for anything in the white house ever. Go trump
A winning duo that cannot be beat! Mike pence is an excellent vice president candidate! Donald Trump picked a good one, that’s for sure. I’m excited to see what the poll numbers do now!
Trump ! I believe your a smart man. Your choice ? I know has to be for a reason. Talk to your voters let them know your a man of your word. Let commonsense rule.
female tax payor says
According to Nw York times “Mr. Pence is opposed to granting amnesty for people who have come to the United States without authorization. He has supported increased border security measures, strict enforcement of laws prohibiting unauthorized residents from working in the United States and a government-run guest worker program that would place prospective immigrants with employers who cannot find American workers to fill open jobs. Earlier this year, he sought to bar the resettlement of Syrian refugees in his state.”
I have read this as well. Folks we can keep our fingers crossed, say your prayers. I just smell evil a brewing..
I’m really not so sure there was anyone who is honest other than Carson and maybe Paul.. Paul being the poorest of the two…
What is “TPP”???
What is TPP?
It’s the NAFTA of the Orient, where Eastern Asian countries will get to make stuff then sell stuff in America, but Americans won’t be able to export to them. It’s also a deal where more foreign workers can come to America on special visas and take American jobs.
Google for more info; look for negative reports instead of the glowing crap that the globalists want to fill your head with.
Gingrich should have the selection, I do not know anything about Pence, other than he did not stand his ground when dealing with the lgb community in his state. He caved when pressured by them. Not a very good sign.
Farmer 36 says
At 80 years old and a army vet I have witnessed many things from WW2 to the war in Vietnam which I served in and listening to all this back and forth about this choice or that choice, we really don’t know all the facts, so we believed in our command and trusted in their judgment, surely our present commander-in chief is someone who I can have no trust in today. I think Donald Trump seems to speak the language I can understand and trust, surely not all the talking heads (reporters) in their high heels and short skirts that quote polls that change on a daily basis.
I don’t have much time left on this earth, but I surely would not want to see my grandchildren living in the USA with H. Clinton as president……..She doesn’t’ have a clue how to lead this country…..at least the country I once knew!
There were so many better choices than Pence or Gingrich… Just a bad deal that will only help Shillary win the house.. I’m sorry, I have never voted for a Demacrat and likely never will. The two party system is rigged and I’m totally disgusted by this whole thing. I honest to God gave a lot of time and money supporting the Trump organization to only be let down like this. Christians in the USA everywhere are being played just like with Bush. This deal is worse then Reagan having to take Bush 41. Reagan was a better man than Trump ever will be, and Pence may not be ex-CIA like Bush, but the combo is ever so inclined to succeed to the White House would be just as lethal as the Butcher of Benghazi….
Honestly at this point, I am starting to believe this is Romney 2.0 and giving the White House to the evil person that has gotten away with everything you can throw the book at…
Also, I have done my research on Mike Pence, and I’m just disgusted…
Ken again you are TROLL working for KILLARY!! GO AWAY!!
Margie cavalier says
Well, I wanted newt, but pence will work as well. He is a younger version of newt and I guess Donald had to keep that in mind. Great choice!
He is okay choice. A women would bring more voters and would be an asset for the Donald. Killary would’nt use the women card…
Barbara Whitfield says
I’m half way through Trump’s new book GREAT AGAIN. He makes so much sense! His solutions, without people like Megan Kelly going after him, are brilliant and practical. And that’s what we need right now — practical solutions without political correctness.
I’m tired of the media interjecting their personalities into Trump Interviews. It’s refreshing to read his words. I hope he wins because if Billary does — the country that I’ve loved will be gone.
It doesn’t really matter who Trump picks for a running mate, because the race is already rigged. Trump is an outsider and wants to clean up Washington. The Political establishment is scared of losing their stronghold on the American people and their tax dollars that make them all wealthy. Even if 100% of the non political population votes for Trump, it is so rigged that your vote will not count and the election will go to Hillary just to keep America under the political establishment’s control.
We think our votes count but when a majority of the vote goes to an outsider it is rigged by the political establishment both Democrat and Republican to make sure they stay in control. We the People no longer have a say of who wins the presidential election. They want you to believe we do but those days are over forever. Its the big lobbyists and elites that control. I will vote for Trump because he is the only person that tells it like it is and truly wants to make America great again, return the government back to the American people where it belongs, and make these politicians work for the people like it should be.
I never heard of this guy. I wanted Jeff Sessions to be picked.
Jeff Sessions would have been a great pick.. They were using the excuse about something Session’s had stated umpteen years ago that was apparently racists.
But wait til the Libtards get a hold of these two. It is game on now. They will tear Pence up… Hillary who is one of the authors of the TPP will play likes she is against it and the Pence is for it. The Libtards will say; look at these two old racists bigoted white guys, who are they fooling and so on…
Shillary will get off on everything up until the election and people will hope that Trump gets in to hang her or send her down to Guantanamo where she belongs. But if she gets in, everything will be washed under the rug as there are never enough Republicans with balls in the house or senate to ever impeach a democrat. But the Dems knew how to get it done against Nixon. And actually Nixon was played for not going along with the establishment. Nixon got us out of Vietnam…
Christopher S. O'Rourke says
The damned POS white trash Clinton’s-Both former Figurehead Sleazeball, draft dodger, Facist, sugar coated racist, bigot Bill & HITLERY KILLERY ROTTON AYATOLLAH KHOEMENI CLINTON are the true & real white racists, not Donald Trunp & Mike Pence. The Clinton’s don’t belong at Guantanamo Bay, but instead further South on Devils Island, wearing thick wool black & white prison striped uniforms with no cell phone, no computer, no internet, no radio, no television, no time off for good behavior, no time off for all holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, just isolation and they can have the run of Devils Island all to themselves, it was a French prison off the coast of Surinam in
South America. Seize every single dollar of the Clinton foundation, their Chappaqua, NY property, sell it, and have that money given to the
Murder victims families that the Clinton’s had murdered and the leftover of that, put it where it will do the most good.
Ruth Drury says
Congratulations to both DONALD J TRUMP and his chosen running mate GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE. TOGETHER, you will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. ????????
Ruth Drury says
Congratulations to both DONALD J TRUMP and his chosen running mate GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE. TOGETHER, you will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. ????????
Omit question marks! Did not put them on my comment!!
Robert Castle says
I believe Positive change for the better is what the Trump Pence ticket will bring to America. I am thankful some one who is not afraid to speak what He thinks and take action when necessary. we have had enough of the Foreign goverments sticking it to us and laughing.
Douglas Cook says
QBall and Ken are strong representative of the Democrat Socialist Party (DSP). Two items I am very familiar with. First President Nixon did negotiate an in place truce in Vietnam we were to provide supplies and equipment to enable the South Vietnamese to defend themselves. QBall’s and Ken’s DSP Congress defunded the effort and some 2.5 to 4.0 million South Vietnamese who fought along side of us were murdered by The North Vietnamese. The Iraq conflict was justified and the entry was approved by both parties and the effort was a success, until Obama abandoned the effort note the DSP press have never mentioned the number of Iraqis’ who were slaughtered by our cowardly pull out. You two stick with Obama and Hillary and their effort to combat climate change, gun control and fully promote Black Lives Matter and other Domestic terror groups. I bet ISSIS has and the terror crowd are influencing these terror groups.
Wrong choice As one blogger indicated he
Is pro Muslm pro Amnesty pro NAFTA etc
which for me is not inline with Trumps ideology
Overall Gingrich a better selection with more national exposure
While Trump and Pence do not agree on everything, they agree on most things. A baby Christian and an almost adult Christian can do wonders together and the almost adult Christian can help the baby Christian grow in the faith. They will complement each other tremendously. Although my choice was Newt, I am happy with Pence. I do believe Newt would make an outstanding Chief of Staff and a tremendous Secretary of State. Christie would do well as an Attorney General, not like that political grandstanding Loretta Lynch. The last name of our current AG is ironic because that is what she deserves. This country is in made shape, both morally and politically. Perhaps together some sense of moral unity can be restored to the country. It is not Muslim. Those who try to make it so, should be deported ASAP.
Made should be BAD.
Well, when you look up the description of TTP, it sure is NOT anything negative and is meant to promote more Made In America items to level the playing field for American workers. So why is it being talked about by previous writers like it is a “dirty” thing. I sure hope my governor DOES agree with it. And he has been a very good leader Indiana.
Songbird: TPP is bad. I don’t know where you got your info from but it is thousands of pages long and Trump said it would take away more jobs from the USA just like NAFTA!!
Justin W says
I’m satisfied with Donald Trump’s pick. Throughout the primary I expressed concern often on this forum that Mr. Trump was not a conservative. While time will tell whether those concerns were justified, Mike Pence has a strong track record as a conservative Christian. The best part is Pence will be young enough that he can run for president in 2024. That’s a good incentive for him to work to make the Trump years a success.
Donald Trump has said he wants to make America great again. Today’s announcement is a good step in that direction.
Maybe I am biased, being a fellow “Hoosier”; however, Mike Pence stands for my values to a “T”. Family, Faith, & Right to Life. Mike is not afraid to talk the talk, also to walk the walk. He will make a good Vice President & 4 – 8 years make a great President!!
Rush Limbaugh is not angry. Pence suggests that he is when speaking about himself says he is a conservative who is not angry.
Conservatives are not angry the so called Progressives are. Just listen to Hillary or Obama and that is an obvious fact.
Pence needs to lose that narrative now.
VINCENT A CASSIDY says
VERY HAPPY TO SEE THAT A RESPONSIBLE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE. IF DONALD TRUMP LIKES HIM IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. IT’S TIME FOR A BIG CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT AND I FEEL THAT THE TRUMP/ PENCE TICKET WILL BRING
US BACK TO OUR SENSES. GOD BLESS YOU BOTH AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.
VINCENT A CASSIDY
George McCollum says
Ya know, when I was growing up I was a strong JFK fan also. (1) He told the Russian off in no uncertain terms. (2) I was a trecky so was he. He put our astronauts on the moon. (3) My dad was a Democrat. Then I found out that JFK was like all the rest of the Democrats, he lied and cheated to get the White house and his f##king little brothers turned out to be worse ! I believe Trump will be a good President, I hope his running mate will be as good.
Richard A Rhinehart says
I was for Newt Gingrich; however, Pence was a good choice. I hope Trump has the good sense to offer Newt the Chief of Staff position. He needs Newt’s intelligence, knowledge, and ability to get the job done.
Richard A Rhinehart
Stella Ruiz says
EXCELLENT CHOICE CONGRATULATIONS
GOD SPEAKS. “IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND 2 CHRONICLES 7:14. (THE BIBLE)
Stella Ruiz says
EXCELLENT CHOICE “CONGRATULATIONS
IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND I WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND. 2 CHRONICLES 7:14
Nicole Parker says
Love our ticket! Make America Great Again with Trump & Pence!
The Texan says
The next question is: What sort of people would Trump nominate to fill key positions in his administration? How about Ted Cruz for Secretary of State and Mitt Rommney For White House Chief of Staff? Gary R. Herbert as Secretary of the Interior and Prof. Paul Johnson as Secretary of Agriculture? Marco Rubio could be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Just a few suggestions.
Shari. McPherson says
I am so very happy to see this great team. We as a country need to stand up for the Trump. Pence team. We need a very strong ,safe country. One that has our laws one that can believe in Christ. A country that has great values and where women still have a right to vote . Where we do not murder unborn baby’s for body parts. We’re a unborn baby can be protected from the butchery of the politics that want to say it’s ok to kill the unborn. We need to live by The laws of GOD.
Shari. McPherson says
We can thank God for this team. One that will stand up for the USA. One that will make our country safe, strong and protect our freedom. Where women still can vote and where they the women have to start to protect the unborn child. Not get rid of a baby and sell the body parts. If they would just look at a vidio on abortion then maybe they would see that it is murder we need our faith back in our schools ,in our country. Anyone who thinks it is ok to kill a unborn baby can not even pretend to be a christen. It is against GOD and his laws we need to stand up for our police officers and our military . We need to defend the helpless not those who want to use us for a free ride. When our forefathers came here they stood in lines also but it was for jobs not hand outs. They lived by the laws of this great country they fought and died for the USA. When they came home from war they were treated with honor and respect God Bless America
Beverly Lance says
Pence a Great choice.. He helps bring those who don’t like Trump’s more brash approach together.
He will HELP Unite the party..As will Trump’s wife, Melania..
BOTH SO REFRESHING..
Bruce Kjeldsen says
This is very encouraging. God bless Trump and Spence.