Trump picks Mike Pence (who most Americans don't know) as his VP choice


It is official: Donald Trump has selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate, he announced this morning on Twitter.


Rumors have been swirling for weeks about whether he would choose between Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

But the dial pointed more to Pence after it was reported by the New York Times that he flew to New York City yesterday and stayed overnight in Manhattan, most likely to be part of a joint news conference.

Trump was originally going to announce his VP choice at an event Friday morning at 11 a.m. EST, but decided to delay it after the news of the attack in Nice, France yesterday that killed more than 80 people. He still tweeted his choice shortly before 11 a.m. though.

The news conference will instead be tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Pence will also speak at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland.

Who is Pence?

Pence was elected Governor of Indiana in 2012 according to his website.

He served six terms in the House of Representatives starting in 2000.

According to a McClathy-Marxist poll of potential veeps, 12 percent had a favorable opinion of Pence, 21 percent had an unfavorable opinion ... and 56 percent didn't have enough of an idea about him to have an opinion.

Nationally, Pence is known the most for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which critics said allowed for legal discrimination against LGBTQ people in the state.

Gov. Mark Dayton and the city of Minneapolis both banned non-essential travel for their employees to Indiana in response to the bill, but reversed their decisions after an amendment to the bill was passed that explicitly protected LGBTQ individuals from discrimination.

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