Ahead of the Republican Convention in the city of Cleveland Mike Pence has been announced as presidential candidate Donald Trump’s running mate for the campaign.
Pence, the current Governor of Indiana, was unveiled by Trump at an event in New York on Saturday as attention turns to the GOP Convention that takes place this week at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Despite Manhattan event’s sole focus being to announce the vice-presidential candidate, Trump spoke for almost half an hour before welcoming Pence to the stage.
The interesting narrative to Pence’s appointment comes in two forms.
Firstly, Trump’s second in command endorsed the presidential candidate’s main rival in the race for the Republican ticket, Ted Cruz.
Trump made no hesitation to remind those in attendance that he won the Indiana primary by a comfortable margin.
Secondly, the speculation over when Trump came to selecting Pence as his running mate provides an interesting rhetoric.
Trump emphasised that Pence was his “first choice”, however the latter admitted that he only received contact about serving on the ticket on Wednesday.
The Indiana Governor declared Trump as a “patriotic American”, whilst described himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”
Pence is expected to take the stage at the Republican Convention on Wednesday evening, before Trump accepts the presidential nomination and closes out the convention on Thursday.