Donald Trump to pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for VP; Postpones Official Announcement Due to France Attacks



Due to attacks in France, Donald Trump has canceled his original plans to officially announce his running mate for the upcoming election.

Stay with 7News, your local election headquarters, for coverage of when the event is rescheduled.

CBS News’ Major Garrett reports that Donald Trump has selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate. He is expected to formally call Pence Thursday afternoon. Garrett cites a GOP official close to the process.

Pence was born into a family of Irish Catholic Democrats in 1959. He became a born-again evangelical Christian after meeting his future wife, Karen, at a protestant church during college.

Before becoming governor, Pence served in the House of Representatives for six terms where he was known as a staunch conservative, opposing both President George W. Bush’s expansion of Medicare and the bank bailouts of 2008.

Pence is best known nationally for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, which opponents said opened the door for legal discrimination against gays. The ensuing battle over the law saw Pence at odds with Indiana’s business community amid calls for corporations to boycott the state, and his approval rating dropped as much as 15 points in some polls.

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