MSNBC claimed, on Saturday, July 16, 2016, the Rolling Stones hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” played over the loudspeaker at the New York Ballroom Donald Trump announced Mike Pence as his running mate. Rachel Maddow argued, Trump had the opportunity to choose a running mate who would help him unify the party and win the general election. Maddow suggested Trump chose an even more conservative politician who will most likely alienate the moderate and liberal populations.
According to “The Washington Post,” on Sunday, July 17, 2016, Trump and Pence gave their first joint interview with Leslie Stahl from CBS. Stahl asked Trump if he was prepared to face the problems of the modern world. Trump responded with, “we need toughness and strength because Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are weak.” Trump also addressed the need for law, order, and strong borders.
During the interview, Stahl asked Trump to clarify his statement about his desire to declare war on ISIS. Trump was careful to avoid discussing the question in what appeared to be a clearly evasive manner. Stahl also clearly pointed out that only Congress holds the power to declare war on any entity.
Pence stated he decided to run with Trump because he believed the Republican nominee embodied the American strength and has the ability to provide the broad shoulders needed to be successful at the international level. “The New York Times” reported that Pence was chosen as Trump’s running mate because he has strong support from conservative philanthropists David and Charles Koch. The Koch brothers have the ability to unify the party.
It is not only the support of the Koch brothers but the support of the vast political network they control. David has been reported as Pence’s third largest all-time individual donor. Trump’s running mate is also known for voting against his own party when former President George W. Bush tried to pass his Medicare expansion and his Troubled Asset Relief Program.
The Koch brothers and other conservative donors have invested in rolling back different regulations and legislations. Furthermore, they have pushed for continued tax breaks for the wealthy and promoting libertarian forms of conservatism. Charles recently spoke out against Trump after his criticism of the female Mexican judge, claiming the Republican nominee’s statement was unacceptable.
According to Rachel Maddox, an MSNBC correspondent, it is clear Trump was uncertain about his choice of running mate because there was plenty of evidence Pence was not a big fan of Trump either. Pence was chosen as Trump’s running mate to help unify the party.
There are three categories for running mates during the campaign process. The first category is an August running mate, who is announced around the time of the national convention to help the candidate bring the party together. The second category is the November running mate, who is chosen to help the candidate win the general election. The final category is in January. This running mate is chosen with the assumption they will help govern after the inauguration.
During Trump’s announcement of Pence, he spent the majority of his speech discussing his success during the primary season. It is believed Trump’s choice for his running mate was the first decision the GOP leaders were pleased with. Pence as Trump’s choice for a running mate may help the candidate unify the Republican Party.
By Kristina Lasher
Edited by Cathy Milne and Jeanette Smith
The Washington Post: Donald Trump’s interview with ’60 Minutes’ was eye-opening. Also, Mike Pence was there
MSNBC: Donald Trump picked Mike Pence for a specific reason
The New York Times: In Choosing Mike Pence, Donald Trump Moves Closer to Big Donors Like the Kochs
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