WASHINGTON: Republican White House candidate Donald Trump on Friday formally named Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as his vice presidential running mate, ending weeks of intense speculation and putting a conservative stalwart on the ticket. Pence, 57, only emerged on the short list in recent weeks, after better-known party heavyweights including vanquished presidential contenders like John Kasich or Ted Cruz either declined to be considered or appeared to not make the cut. Pence spent 12 years in the House of Representatives, many of those on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and also spent time in House leadership. He has been Indiana’s governor since January 2013.
Pence is also seen as having a cool-headed tone and steady hand that could counter the impulsive, often brash Trump, and his social conservatism could allay fears about Trump’s views on issues such as abortion. “Honored to join @realDonaldTrump and work to make America great again,” Pence said, using Trump’s campaign slogan.