Trump Picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence for VP—What You Need to Know

Craig Huey2016 Presidential Election, Church, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life, Social Issues12 Comments

Trump Picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence for VP—What You Need to Know

The loud, outspoken, sometimes crass Donald Trump has chosen the calm, cool, and collected conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.

Are you surprised? I know I am!

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mike Pence. When I ran for Congress in a special election in 2011, the establishment Republicans were afraid to a make a stand.

The only Congressmen who endorsed me publicly were Dana Rohrabacher, Tom McClintock … and Mike Pence.

Mike is a solid, free market advocate, strong on social issues.

What else does he bring to the Trump campaign? An outreach to conservatives, libertarians, conservative Catholics, and evangelicals. The evangelicals are especially important, because up to now they have been very wary of supporting Trump.

One of the most conservative members of the House of representative during his tenure, Pence brings a sober, calm, yet a very convincing balance to the Trump ticket.

So, why did Trump pick Pence, a long-time elected officials with low name-recognition, who is hardly a flashy media type such as himself?

  1. Trump wants to shore up disgruntled social conservatives who originally voted for Cruz or Walker. Pence has declared his personal as well as political convictions very clearly: “I’m a Christian first, a conservative second, and a Republican last.”
  2. He wants a running mate who can work with Congress and pass an agenda
  3. Pence is a governor. A lot of conservatives supported different governors throughout the Election 2016 primary process. Trump wants added executive experience on his ticket.
  4. Pence represents Trump’s outreach to working and middle-class voters in the Rust Belt—Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as Michigan.
  5. Pence represents a symbolic victory for Trump, since that was the last state with a contested Republican primary. When Cruz lost by double-digits, he dropped out.
  6. He embodies the three key legs of Reagan conservatism: pro-life and pro-family, fiscal discipline (he voted against every House budget), and a strong national defense.

Pence has a lot of great qualities about him. Here are some interest facts about the Governor of Indiana:

  1. He is an outspoken born-again Christian. He has never been shy about his faith. He frequently cites the Bible in his speeches.
  2. He has an incredible calmness and meekness about himself. After his first two campaigns for Congress failed, Pence actually penned apology letters for running a negative campaign.
  3. When he was elected to Congress, Pence stood up to the Establishment of both parties in Washington on many issues.
  4. When the Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006, he sought the leadership of his minority conference. Although he lost that bid, he eventually served as the Chairman for the House Study Committee, the conservative arm of the House GOP caucus.

There are some negatives for Pence:

  1. During a tortured fight over religious liberty, Mike Pence first stood strong for protecting the religious liberties of all Hoosiers, including businesses as well as churches and charities. Sadly, as corporate pressure mounted, Pence caved and signed off on a “fix”, which basically removed the protections for businesses.
  2. He accepted the Obamacare Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, although he implemented key conservative reforms, like requiring a health savings account.

His record has impressed millions across the country. He has some negatives, but for the most part, readers across the country like Pence.

The best thing about this selection is not just if something bad happens to President Trump.

If Trump has one or two terms, Mike Pence will be the strong favorite to run for President after him. He could transform our nation for the better.

This choice is a major positive for this election. We could see 16 years of incredibly powerful improvement and growth for our country.

Let’s pray for Mike Pence in this stunning and trying time. Let’s thank God for placing a man of strong values and faith, who loves the Lord into this powerful opportunity.

What do you think of this final pick? Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

12 Comments on “Trump Picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence for VP—What You Need to Know”

  1. I think this is a great choice. I think Newt is very smart and great but I know he has some high negatives. I do love Newt and think he will be valuable in a Trump administration. I’m happy with the choice Donald made and will continue to pray for both of them.

  2. Clever Choice … Am as happy as can be !! He is a conservative Christian — totally!! He will fill in all the gaps that Trump does not usually clarify when he communicates candidly! Praise God!!

  3. Very Happy with Mike Pence as he will definitely help Trump and I think it was a wise choice of Donald’s part. Will certainly be praying for them both and our beloved America as it was founded and our Constitution which is currently under attack. I confess I did wonder when he wasn’t even mentioned in your recent poll of VP candidates. Thanks Craig for all you and your wife are doing. Blessings.

  4. Good choice but he must fight against Obama care and fight for liberty and justice for all. Fight to keep America a Christian nation. Lots of work to be done!

  5. Thank you Craig for bringing us this info – the good, the bad and the ugly (if there was any). Hadn’t heard of Mike Pence until just recently. He seems like an excellent choice.

    I know if Hillary wins, I’ll be under God’s umbrella of protection, but if Christians will just get out and vote, we can have it a little nicer for a little longer. God help us!

  6. Thank you for this information. Let’s get behind the Pence’s and give them some prayer protection. I looked up Mike Pence on the web….I think there were 1400 pictures of the two of them…all very favorable. >

  7. Thanks, Craig, for more information on Pence. Very helpful! What more can we do to get the evangelical vote out?

  8. I, too, like what I read about Gov. Mike Pence. The only problem I foresee is that he is not well known. We Christians not only need the Christian vote to elect Donald Trump, but we need, unfortunately, the non-Christians to vote for him as well. I’m being practical and pragmatic. But God Himself can make it happen, if only all voting Christians would pray to Him to help our country get back to the Christian principles and values that started the United States of America and that continue to keep us the beacon on the hill. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, please help us!

  9. Thank God for his wise choice ! Really liked Newt Gingrich also as he is exceptionally smart, sharp. I hope he is provided a very high advisory position in Trumps cabinet.

    We have allowed communism creep into our schools. Look how quicklySanders had a following, a majority of very young people who all loved the idea of so called freebies. No one taught them who actually pays for all that “Free” stuff!
    It’s not Santa Clause !!!!

    As for Hillary. No one seems to bring up the Fact Saul Alinsky (Rules for Radicals) was her mentor in college. She headed to Washington DC where she worked on Watergate. To paraphrase Alinsky: Join them, tell them what they want to hear, get the power, than do what you want.

  10. Finally. we have a candidate on the right that is not a career politician.
    Folks, We have systemic government failure and the shootings across this country are mostly due to the frustrations caused by it. The government and its representative get stronger and the people lose their voice. It’s happening at all levels, city, county, state, and especially Federal.
    We have how many Federal employees??
    We are experience the beginning of Tyranical rule, you may think I’m crazy, but im old enough and educated enough to see it unfolding.
    I love my country but my fellow Citizens, we are the next Titanic getting ready to sink. Invincible!! Yeah right !
    I’m gonna be frank (maybe so.. But please! DONT call me Frank!)
    I don’t like 1/3 of Trumps policies or agendas but one thing I’m certain on that Trump also knows…
    as inflation rises and internal family morals take a dive… Our Country becomes more and more succeptible to invasion.
    Other countries already know this and we are being attacked from the inside out. Remember the Trojan horse anybody? Somethings never change and we better either wake up or our denial will be our demise

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