On Twitter this morning, Donald Trump announced that Indiana Governor Mike Pence would be his running mate. Pence has accepted, beating out a short list of vice presidential picks that included Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie.
Pence is known as an orthodox social conservative. In 2010, he supported a same-sex marriage ban in Indiana, as well as signing a “religious freedom” measure which allowed businesses to use their religious views as a defense for turning away LGBT customers.
So how can he help Trump? He has appeal with fellow party members struggling to accept Trump as their presumptive nominee. He also has connections to hefty donors like the Koch brothers, who’ve strongly resisted contributing to Trump’s campaign and has a long track record of experience in the political sphere, something that has been topic of criticism against Trump.
On AirTalk today, we’ll take a look at Pence’s political record, what factored into the Trump campaign’s decision, and what analysts expect Pence will bring to the Trump ticket.
Leah Wright Rigueur, assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and author of “The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power” (Princeton University Press, 2016)
Justin Vaughn, associate professor of political science at Boise State University and co-author of “Czars in the White House: The Rise of Policy Czars as a Presidential Management Tool” (University of Michigan Press, 2015)
Andrew “Andy” Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics and associate professor of political science at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne