Though the announcement may not have gone exactly as he planned, Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s pick for his running mate was leaked on Thursday -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence. This came as both a surprise and fitting result for many members of the Republican Party. Trump had previously offered various choices for his potential Vice Presidential choice, such as Newt Gingrich or Chris Christie, whom both brought interesting perspectives and opinions, both of which varied and paralleled Trump’s.
However, now with the official, or “unofficial”, recognition of Pence as Trump’s selection for the Vice Presidency, we can now take a bit more of a look at Donald Trump’s new right hand man.
Michael Richard “Mike” Pence, was born in Columbus Indiana. He took an early interest in politics and eventually graduated from Hanover College with a bachelor's in history. In 1991, Pence became the president of the Indiana Policy Review, which was a hub of free market style thinkers. He left the Indiana Policy review in 1994, and began a career in talk radio, becoming the host of The Mike Pence Show, a talk show which gained statewide appeal in Indiana and provided him with media experience that his running mate certainly appreciates.
Pence was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and became the Governor of Indiana in 2012. His political views have remained strongly conservative. With specific focus on religion, he is an Evangelical Christian and remains very firm in his beliefs, Pence often quotes the Bible in many of his speeches.. Though Pence grew up inspired by the Democratic policies of John F. Kennedy, Pence has continuously voted against laws recognizing same sex marriage and is adamantly “pro-life.” Like his running mate, he has very little belief in the notions of climate change and global warming, and also supports Creationism being taught in public schools instead of evolution, keeping his firm ties to the Christian faith in his opinions regarding the education system.
Pence, though soft spoken, appears to be a dedicated member of the Tea Party and the Republican Party, and is certain to provide Trump with less of an “attack dog” of a running mate and more of a business partner through the rest of the campaign.
Poulson is an editor for The Millennial Times.