Trump Names Mike Pence As Vice Presidential Running Mate

USA presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump announced on Friday he had chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Trump announced his decision on Twitter Friday morning, .

Hillary Clinton's campaign, in a statement, called Pence the "most extreme VP pick in a generation" and blasted him for spearheading an "anti-LGBT law that legalized discrimination against the LGBT community".

"Calls to ban Muslims from entering the US are offensive and unconstitutional", Pence tweeted at the time.

Since taking office in 2013, Pence has presided over Indiana's improving economy and falling unemployment rate, which Republicans credit to the state's low taxes, limited regulation and pro-business climate.

Seen as disciplined and relatively discreet, the Christian conservative Pence was apparently the favorite of Trump's children, who exercise much influence with their political neophyte father as he campaigns for president. The duo will head to Cleveland next week for the Republican National Convention.

"By picking Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has doubled down on some of his most disturbing beliefs by choosing an incredibly divisive and unpopular running mate known for supporting discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families", Clinton campaign chair John Podesta said in a statement.

"I expect there will be an announcement of his choice before we get to Cleveland", he said in an interview on CNN. It also turned off some moderate Republicans, helping derail Pence's own presidential ambitions. Cavin says conservatives who have not been thrilled with Trump's lack of conservative credentials may have a more positive view of the GOP ticket.

Frustration among Trump and his advisers mounted because of news reports that Pence was the pick, sending top aides scrambling to insist no final decision had been made.

Trump spent weeks weighing vice presidential contenders, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and only zeroed in on Pence in recent days.

A few hours later, a huge truck barreled through a crowded holiday celebration in Nice, France, killing more than 80 people.

However, the two differ on a range of issues crucial to Trump's candidacy.

Leaders of the pro-life movement, who warned in the GOP primary against a Trump nomination, are pleased with Pence as the choice. AP writers Julie Bykowicz and Ken Thomas Washington, Jon Lemire and Jill Colvin in NY and Alan Fram and Steve Peoples in Cleveland contributed.

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