US Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence

Mike Pence, Nominated for US Vice Presidency
Mike Pence, Nominated for US Vice Presidency

Mike Pence accepts nomination for U.S Vice Presidency

Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday accepted his party’s nomination for the U.S. vice presidency.

Pence, 57, was a Republican lawmaker for 12 years and the third-highest-ranking member of the GOP in the House before becoming the governor of Indiana in 2013.

During his stint in Congress, Pence was assigned to the Foreign Affairs Committee, a credential which could make up for Trump’s lack of foreign affairs experience in a general election with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party.

Once calling himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” Pence is also a beloved social conservative among the devout evangelical conservatives within the party.

Therefore, Trump’s pick of Pence will also help quell concerns among social conservatives that the New York billionaire developer is too liberal on social issues.

However, the two differ on a range of issues crucial to Trump’s candidacy.

During the primary season, Pence endorsed Trump’s rival Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and was once a vocal critic of Trump’s proposal for a temporary ban on Muslim entering the country.

Unlike Trump, Pence also joined U.S. President Barack Obama and House Speaker Paul Ryan to back the Trans-pacific partnership deal, a trade deal staunchly opposed by Trump.


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