According to a report by CNN, dated July 15, 2015, Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump has selected Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate.
Many see it as a move to bring a semblance of unity among the warring factions within Republican Party.
The official announcement has been deferred after the horrific terror attack in Nice. The official declaration was planned for today.
Earlier Trump had added a large degree of uncertainty by stating that Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the house, and Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, were still being considered for the job. However, it was later revealed Mr. Pence was the original choice of Mr. Trump and had personally asked him to take up the challenge.
Trump is playing it safe by choosing a person who was a long-serving Republican official who had strong ties with the big Whigs of the party hierarchy as well as grassroots level workers.
However, it is no secret that the VP candidate himself had a rather tumultuous relationship with Trump. He had negated the Presidential hopeful’s view that Muslims should be banned from entering the US. He had also endorsed Ted Cruz in Indiana’s primary election.
Later Mr. Pence started backing Mr. Trump after the decisive contest. His inclusion is seen by many as a ploy to bridge the gap between Trump-resistant Republicans and their unorthodox nominee.
Pence shot to become the frontrunner to the Vice Presidential short list which included Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Christie, the New Jersey governor and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama after a meeting with Mr. Trump.
Mr. Pence keeps a low profile outside Washington and his home state of Indiana. He had signed a law which many termed as being unfair to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.