Who is Mike Pence?

I don’t know anything about Mike Pence but he could be the next vice president of the US.

It is being reported that Donald Trump is going to name him as his running mate.

New York Times: Donald Trump’s Campaign Signals He Will Pick Mike Pence as Running Mate

Donald J. Trump’s campaign has signaled strongly to Republicans in Washington that he will pick Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, as his running mate, though Republicans caution the party’s mercurial presidential candidate may still backtrack on his apparent choice.

Mr. Trump’s advisers have told national Republican officials that they are preparing to make an announcement with Mr. Pence, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations, who were not authorized to discuss them publicly. His campaign has said that it will unveil a running mate for Mr. Trump in New York on Friday.

Mr. Pence, a former congressman and radio host, emerged over the last week as the strong favorite of Mr. Trump’s political advisers and senior officials in the Republican Party.

But Mr. Trump himself has sent conflicting signals in recent days, as he has subjected his potential running mates to a final round of screening. Headdressed a rally in Indiana alongside Mr. Pence on Tuesday night and met privately with him several times.

A low-key man largely defined in public life by his Christian faith, Mr. Pence, 57, is seen as a cautious choice of running mate — a political partner who is unlikely to embarrass Mr. Trump, and who may help him shore up support among conservative voters still wary of his candidacy.

His staunch conservative views on certain social issues, like gay rights and abortion, may inject a new set of concerns into the general election debate that have been largely overlooked with Mr. Trump at the top of the Republican ticket.

Republicans on Capitol Hill reacted with a mixture of applause and relief to the news of Mr. Trump’s likely selection. Mr. Pence is viewed in Washington as a conventional politician with standard-issue conservative beliefs, including on some subjects where his policy instincts plainly conflict with Mr. Trump’s.

Pence has had differences with trump on some issues, including the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Mr. Pence has endorsed free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an Asian trade deal that Mr. Trump has described as a “rape” of the American economy. He voted for the Iraq war, which Trump has condemned, and last winter he denounced Mr. Trump’s call to ban all Muslim immigration into the United States.

It sounds like Pence is a conciliatory choice for Trump to try and get the Republicans a bit less worried about Trump as their candidate.

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  1. straya

     /  15th July 2016

    Best known around the nation for his “religious liberty” bill, though after a significant backlash he had to modify the law to prevent discrimination against its true targets, gay people.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/pence-religious-freedom-doesn-discrimination-article-1.2168205

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  2. Corky

     /  15th July 2016

    There’s no doubt about it, conservative values are toxic commodities to our media. In the space of an hour I have heard one snigger and a guffaw at the news Mike Pence will be Donald’s running mate.

    Interesting to note Trump condemned the invasion of Iraq on grounds it would destabilise the region. Obviously its not all vacant real estate between his ears.

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    • Gezza

       /  15th July 2016

      The problem with The Donald is he’s so unpredictable though Corky. If gets the POTUS job he’ll certainly shake up the establishment, but I’m a bit concerned that his plan for dealing with ISIS – if they’re still around – sounds a helluva lot like Dubbya’s plan for Bin Laden, & then Saddam – and those plans didn’t work out so well.

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  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  15th July 2016

    He’s actually quite a *spunk*….reminds me a bit of Kelvin Davis ❤

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  4. straya

     /  15th July 2016

    A good summary of the man here from FiveThirtyEight –

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/mike-pence-would-be-a-really-conservative-and-mostly-unknown-vp-pick/?ex_cid=538twitter

    The announcing by Trump is scheduled for less than 24 hours from now.

    The media is currently running hot that Pence will be named, but I’m still not convinced. It just seems such a conventional choice, and therefore not very Trumpian.

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    • Corky

       /  15th July 2016

      Maybe Trump wants to placate those stuff-shirted Virginia farms boys at the upcoming Republican convention. Trump knew somewhere along the line a compromise would be needed. Better this than a compromise on policy.

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  5. Zedd

     /  15th July 2016

    who is Mike Pense ? WHO CARES ?? 😀

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  15th July 2016

      Jeepers Z, you asked the same question about Wayne…..don’t you know anything!!

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    • Gezza

       /  15th July 2016

      Short term memory probs Zeddo? Come on – pass it around mate. 😎

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  15th July 2016

      Zedd, you probably know his much more famous brothers, Tup and Six.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  15th July 2016

        (laughs loudly at own wit)

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        • Zedd

           /  16th July 2016

          ho ho 😀

          BUT; I think I know ‘brass rasoo’

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          • Gezza

             /  16th July 2016

            Thanks for bringing that one up again Zedd. Just playing Bob again. Love that guy’s music so very, very much. May your music live forever, Robert Marley – if there’s somewhere else for us after we go, hope you’re still at it there, given the others there your musical Magic. 🙂

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  16th July 2016

              I know someone who was at Woodstock (faints) I wouldn’t want to be old enough to have been there, but I would love to have been there. Er…Bob Marley was there, wasn’t he ?

              Even people who weren’t born then-whose parents were children then-swoon with envy when they hear about this person being at Woodstock. Even now, its fame lives on….

            • Gezza

               /  16th July 2016

              No. Bob Marley wasn’t there. This is the Line Up & the songs they performed:
              http://www.woodstock.com/lineup/

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  15th July 2016

      Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. There’s a rift within the lute already.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  15th July 2016

        Let’s hope that, like the one in Tennyson,. it will ‘ever widening slowly slowly silence all.’

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      • Corky

         /  15th July 2016

        No sniggering , Kitty. The Donald needs to take this reborn Christian into a private room and give him a devil of a pistol whipping to make him see sense and teach him when to open his mouth, and when not to. Its the American way. I sure VP Pence will have a change of heart.

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