It’s been a long awaited decision that many Republicans have been chomping at the bit to find out who will be Trump’s running mate in the Presidential Elections. After a long and drawn out decision, Trump finally announced his Presidential running mate, Mike Pence. After announcing his pick and launching a highly volatile and controversial logo of the two candidates, Trump certainly got the attention he wanted with making his announcement. Social media has been buzzing with the key word “sexually suggestive”, causing quite the stir across platforms. But one thing we know for sure is that Trump certainly knows how to make a splash. But who is this new face, and what does are his intentions for our country by running with Trump?
Who is Mike Pence
Michael Pence is an American politician and attorney, serving the state of Indiana since 2013. Pence, a conservative and supporter of the Tea Party Movement, has a long history in politics beginning in the late 1980’s when he ran against Democratic incumbent, Phil Sharp, for Congress. Two years later, he mounted another campaign against Sharp and lost for a second time. It took ten years before Pence entered the political arena again this time elected to the House of Representative for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District.
Since then, Pence has continued his presence influencing various topics including abortion, birthright citizenship, education, and foreign policy. The Washington Post offered their top ten facts every American should know about Mike Pence.
What’s Pence’s Policies
A supporter of the Tea Party Movement, Pence stands to the far right of the political spectrum offering a deeply rooted conservative approach to his politics. Combined with his devotion to his faith, he considers himself a social conservative. Pence has proven that his stances are not without concrete action, working to shut down various groups, education plans, and other policies that were too far left.
Planned Parenthood – Pence voted to defund Planned Parenthood in an effort to pass legislature that would prevent any establishment that aided in abortion to not qualify for federal funding.
Education – Pence also didn’t support the No Child Left Behind Act, voting against the education efforts to hold schools accountable through testing.
Foreign Policy – During the Iraq war, Pence didn’t see eye to eye with those who supported bringing our troops home, in fact he was opposed to setting a withdrawal date. In addition, Pence supported the ongoing funding of Guantanamo Bay saying that enemy combatants should be tried by a military tribunal.
Environment – Pence has also stated his belief that human activity is not the primary driver of climate change, leading the defeat of the 2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act.
Why Did Trump Pick Pence
Oftentimes a Presidential candidate will pick a VP that offers some balance to their campaign, stability on certain topics, and ease the minds of those in the party who are not fully on board. Trump has done just that. Trump and Pence have some very stark differences in both their approach to politics and stances on policies. CBS news points out some of those key differences, making this choice a smart move on Trump’s part. While many “conservative” republicans are still not fully convinced of the Presumptive Nominee’s campaign, others are starting to see more of a “political shift” in Trump’s decisions and path towards the White House. Now that Trump has a full ballot and a team member he can lean on during the upcoming conventions, we can only expect to see a more polished and planned out political campaign in the coming months.