Donald Trump introduces Mike Pence as running mate: "We are the law and order candidates"

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is introducing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a steady conservative with governing experience inside and outside of Washington.
    
Speaking at a midtown Manhattan hotel, Trump held the unofficial kickoff event to the Republican National Convention two days before it opens in Cleveland.

"We're going to change things around. There's going to be respect again for law and order," said Trump, calling himself and Pence the "law and order candidates."

"People want what we're saying to happen," said Trump, referring to high taxes, regulations that "don't allow you to start a business" and the border with Mexico. "They want the wall. They want the borders."

He referred to the terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday which left 84 dead and over 200 wounded, and the attempted military coup in Turkey Friday. 

"Pence will never be afraid to speak the name of our enemy - radical Islam and terrorism," Trump said.

He contrasted Mike Pence with Hillary Clinton, saying, "We believe in Americanism. She believes in globalism. She's totally owned by Wall Street."

Trump said one of the reasons he chose Mike Pence was for party unity. He also praised Gov. Pence for balancing the state budget, reducing the number of people on unemployment and improving private sector job growth.

After giving a shortened version of his usual stump speech, Trump introduced Gov. Pence.

The Indiana governor cast himself as a "small-town boy" who witnessed the American dream. He quickly praised Trump, saying, "Donald Trump gets it and he understands the American people" and calling Trump a "good man" who will make a "great president." 

"Trump understands the frustration and hopes of Americans. He knows Americans are tired of hearing, 'this is as good as it gets,'" Pence said.

He emphasized Trump's appeal as an outsider and attacked "elites" in Washington who would dictate to Americans how to live their lives. 

"I answered this call for two reasons - because I know strong Republican leadership can bring real change and Hillary Clinton should never be president of the United States," Pence said.

Pence attacked the policies of President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying, "We must bring a change to America's stand in the world. We cannot have four more years apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends. America needs to be strong so the world can be safe. On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength. He will rebuild the arsenal of democracy, stand with our allies and hunt down and destroy the enemies of our freedom."

"Elections are about choices. I joined the ticket because the choice could not be more clear or stakes higher," Pence said.

While in Congress, Pence said, "I fought every single day for taxpayers and fiscal responsibility." 

While Trump showcases his choice, Democrat Hillary Clinton's team is already painting Pence's conservative social viewpoints as out of step with the mainstream.
 


    
Trump chose Pence in part to ease some Republicans' concerns about Trump's temperament and lack of political experience. Pence's demeanor is as calm as Trump's is fiery and he brings a sense of discipline that aides and advisers hope can bridge that gap.

After the morning announcement, Pence will attend a "welcome home rally" starting at 4:30 pm at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville. 

Check WTHR.com or the WTHR app for live streams of the 11:00 am announcement at 4:30 pm rally.

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