Trump announces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as running mate

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Donald Trump has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

Trump announced late Thursday that he is postponing the news conference until Saturday, after a truck plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.

In 2012, Pence was elected as Indiana’s chief executive. In that role he has overseen tax cuts and signed state funding for pre-K education into law. He has presided over an economic recovery in the state during his time as governor that could give him a record to tout on the campaign trail.

Presumptive GOP nominee Trump, who is set to officially become his party’s standard-bearer next week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, reportedly considered a number of prominent Republicans for the role.

Pence beat out other front-runners for the Trump VP slot, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Gingrich spoke about the vice presidential selection process during a live Facebook video on Thursday.

Gingrich said that there would be “two pirates on the ticket” if Trump selected him. His appeal as a candidate, he said, was more “national,” while Pence would offer “a certain value” because of how he plays in Midwestern swing states.

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