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Monday, February 26, 2024

Donald Trump chooses Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as running mate

Donald Trump announced Friday that he has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has his vice presidential pick.

The presumptive Republican nominee broke the news via Twitter after multiple media reports over the last day surfaced that he had chosen the first-term governor. 

Pence is known as a strong social conservative that balances out Trump's brash directness.

"Pence is a serious regular party politician with governmental experience,” UW-Madison political science professor Byron Shafer said. “He’s buttoned down and contained in a way that Donald Trump isn’t. The questions analysts have been wondering during this whole process was if Trump was going to choose an outsider like himself or a more reasonable pick.”

Timing was critical for the pick, as Pence faced a Friday deadline to withdraw from the governor's race in order to become Trump's running mate.

The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland, where the pair will formally be named nominees for the GOP.

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