By Ben Geier
July 15, 2016

Donald Trump officially announced today that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be his vice presidential running mate, announcing the decision on Twitter Friday morning.

There was originally to be a news conference on Friday morning, but Trump cancelled that in light of the terrorist attacks in Nice, France.

In choosing Pence, Trump chooses a much safer route than some may have figured he would have taken. Pence is an establishment Republican, having served in the House of Representatives for a dozen years before winning his first gubernatorial race in 2012.

Pence does have some credentials among religious conservatives — though some of those voters do feel like he abandoned them when he caved to pressure and changed a Religious Freedom law in 2015.

Other candidates for the VP slot included Gen. Mike Flynn, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Pence, along with Trump, will be nominated at the Republican National Convention, set to begin next Monday in Cleveland.

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