Speaker Paul Ryan welcomes Trump’s VP selection

Describing the Indiana governor as “the heart of the conservative movement,” Wisconsin Republican and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan basked in New York businessman Donald Trump’s tweet announcing his selection of Mike Pence as his running mate ahead of the GOP convention.

A statement released Friday by Ryan’s office read:

“I can think of no better choice for our vice-presidential candidate. We need someone who is steady and secure in his principles, someone who can cut through the noise and make a compelling case for conservatism. Mike Pence is that man.”

Frequently at odds with the presumptive Republican nominee, Ryan has been outspoken in his criticism of Trump over the real estate mogul’s suggestion of a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country, an initial refusal to reject support from the KKK, criticism of a Mexican-American judge presiding over a case which Trump is involved and suggesting efforts to deny him the nomination would result in riots at the party convention in Cleveland.

Although both Trump and Pence differ on a number of key policy issues, trade and approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement specifically, Pence is seen as a bridge between the “alt-right” wing of the Party and both social conservatives and evangelicals.  Pence is also viewed as gripping legislative experience and a relationship with Congress Mr. Trump lacks.

Governor of Indiana since 2013, Pence served Indiana’s Second and Sixth Districts in the U.S. House for 12 years before assuming the governor’s mansion in the Hoosier State.


[Reuters] [Photo courtesy Roll Call]