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Donald Trump Picks Governor Mike Pence as His Running Mate

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    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, according to the Indianapolis Star and the New York Times.

    Governor Pence is a staunch conservative who will likely help assuage the fears of the base of the Republican Party who were hoping Mr. Trump would pick someone more aligned with the conservative wing of the party.

    I think this is a pretty safe pick for Trump because he needs the base of the party to come out in droves this November and a staunch conservative on the ticket will likely excite rank and file Republicans.

    Does anyone think this that Mr. Trump should have gone with someone else or do you think this was the best pick he could have made?

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    I don't think many people are very surprised by this. Trump had to pick someone with a proven track record when it comes to social conservationism and Pence fits that mold perfectly.

    It will be interesting to see if this gives Trump a boost or if the social conservatives balk at the blatant attempt to appease them. I have a feeling it will give Trump a boost in the short term, but not many people vote for a President based off who their running mate is.
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    JaredS Wrote: I have a feeling it will give Trump a boost in the short term, but not many people vote for a President based off who their running mate is.

    That is true. But the converse I think is why Trump picked Pence. While you may not pick a candidate based off of the running mate, you might very well not pick a candidate because of their running mate choice. McCain/Palin ticket in 08 is a really good example of this.

    I think he didn't want voters that dislike Christie and Gingrich to be turned off from voting for him because of the nod. And then it probly won't hurt his chances to pick a baseline conservative.

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    It's now official. Trump announced Pence as his running mate in a Tweet he released this morning.

    It seemed a little odd that Trump didn't hold a rally to announce his pick, but he is prone to use Twitter a lot so I shouldn't be that surprised.