Donald Trump chooses Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as vice presidential running mate
Trump to discuss decision at news conference Saturday
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump announced on Twitter Friday that he has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.
Trump is expected to further discuss his decision at a news conference Saturday that is scheduled for 11 a.m. in New York.
Trump had originally planned to announce his running mate on Friday, but he delayed the announcement because of the attacks in Nice, France, late Thursday.
Pence had already flown to New York before Trump announced the postponement.
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
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign said Trump has "doubled down" on what the Clinton team calls his "disturbing beliefs" by choosing Pence as his running mate.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Pence is "an incredibly divisive and unpopular figure."
Podesta added that Pence is known for supporting "discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families."
Clinton's campaign said Pence was an early advocate for the tea party in Congress and as governor, pushed a law that discriminated against gays and lesbians and alienated businesses in Indiana.
The Clinton team notes Pence led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict abortion rights and has opposed raising the federal minimum wage.
The first-term Republican governor was seeking re-election, but state law bars him from running for that office and also appearing on the ballot as a candidate for vice president.
The deadline for Pence to exit the race was noon on Friday.
One of the governor's aides filed the paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State's office a few minutes after Trump announced that Pence would join him on the Republican ticket.
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