WASHINGTON, July 15, 2016 -- Donald Trump today confirmed he has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee made the announcement on his Twitter account Friday morning, adding that he plans a news conference tomorrow at 11 a.m. New York time.
Trump had planned to make the announcement more formally this morning, but Thursday night he tweeted that he was postponing the event because of the “horrible” Bastille Day truck attack in Nice, France.
Pence, who is considered a staunch social conservative, served in the U.S. House from 2001 to 2013 before becoming governor. He voted for the 2002 farm bill, but he supported President George W. Bush’s unsuccessful veto of the 2008 version. Bush argued that the 2008 bill spent too much.
Former Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock calls Pence a “dream candidate” for agriculture. He says Pence understands and supports renewable fuels and is scale neutral when it comes to the livestock industry. At the same time, Pence has worked hard to promote smaller-scale producers and rural development and worked on immigration reform when he was in Congress, Villwock says.
“He is a good listener and seeks input on issues from all commodity groups,” Villwock says.
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