Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., during a campaign event to announce Pence as the vice presidential running mate on, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in New York.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., during a campaign event to announce Pence as the vice presidential running mate on, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in New York. AP Photo - Evan Vucci

Trump announces Mike Pence as his VP running mate

PRESUMPTIVE Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has formally introduced Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate in a joint conference, describing the Indiana governor as a job creator and budget balancer who will help unify the party.

In a bid to broaden his appeal to a fractured Republican electorate, Mr Trump presented Mr Pence as a perfect complement for the White House: a veteran of government who can guide an outsider, a man with a Midwestern sensibility and strong Republican credentials.

"Indiana governor Mike Pence was my first choice, I've admired the work he's done, especially in the state of Indiana," Mr Trump said at the press event in New York City.

In a rambling 29-minute speech that often deviated from prepared remarks, Mr Trump spoke at length about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Islamic terrorism, and his own proposals, before finally interrupting himself by saying "back to Mike Pence" and offering his motivation for the selection.

In sharp contrast, Mr Pence delivered a prepared speech that highlighted his own biography and then made a case for electing Mr Trump president.

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