Before last night's terror attack in France, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump was expected to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. That announcement, if it is to be made at all, will be postponed. But Roll Call has an interesting article this morning explaining the selection:
Mike Pence appears to check virtually all the boxes that Donald Trump signaled he’d put on his vice presidential search form:
He has a credible record of executive accomplishment, pushing to enactment the largest tax cuts in Indiana history and an elimination of the state’s estate tax during his term as governor.
Before that, he had a diverse and lengthy experience as a congressional playmaker over six terms in the House, having headed the caucus of the most conservative members and also holding the No. 3 position in the Republican leadership.
His rhetoric has a punchiness that may fairly be labeled “attack dog” in style, but he also prefers the sort of messaging discipline and cool-headed tone of voice– “Rush Limbaugh on decaf,” in his own words – that Trump hyperkinetically eschews.