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CNN Narrows Trump Veepstakes Pick Down to Five

Story 1: Trump’s Agenda or Ryan’s Agenda — Ryan You’re Fired –

Paul Ryan rips Democrats’ sit-in, weighs in on Trump (Part 1 of entire interview)

Paul Ryan backs Trump, rolls out GOP agenda (Part 2 of interview)

Paul Ryan: Trump’s judge comments are ‘textbook…

Paul Ryan condemns Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims

Paul Ryan responds to critics who blame him for Trump rise

Dobbs: Paul Ryan is an embarrassment to the GOP

A Few Thoughts On A Irritating Cuss Named Paul Ryan – Attacking Trump – Lou Dobbs’ Commentary

Dobbs: Paul Ryan Is A Card-Carrying Out Of Touch Member Of The GOP Establishment

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Republican Convention

Presidential Nominating Process

Debate –  Fox – Cleveland, Ohio: Thursday 6 August 2015
Debate – CNN – Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California: Wednesday 16 September 2015
Debate – CNBC – Boulder, Colorado: Wednesday 28 October 2015
Debate – Fox Business News – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Tuesday 10 November 2015
Debate – CNN – Las Vegas, Nevada: Tuesday 15 December 2015
Debate – Fox Business Channel, Charleston, South Carolina: Thursday 14 January 2016
Debate – Fox – Iowa: Thursday 28 January 2016
Debate – CBS – South Carolina: February 2016 (presumably)
Debate – NBC/Telemundo – Texas: Friday 26 February 2016
Debate – CNN – TBD: March 2016 (presumably)
Debate – Salt Lake City, Utah (announced 20 February 2016): Monday 21 March 2016

41st Republican National Convention: Monday 18 July – Thursday 21 July 2016

Republicans
Candidate Popular
Vote
Delegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
Trump, Donald John, Sr. 14,009,098  44.96% 1,457  61.66% 80  73.39% 1,537  62.18% 1,441  58.29%
Cruz, Rafael Edward “Ted” 7,810,477  25.07% 553  23.40% 16  14.68% 569  23.02% 551  22.29%
Kasich, John Richard 4,287,325  13.76% 160   6.77% 3   2.75% 163   6.59% 161   6.51%
Rubio, Marco A. 3,513,879  11.28% 166   7.02%   166   6.72% 173   7.00%
Carson, Benjamin Solomon “Ben”, Sr. 857,023   2.75% 7   0.30%   7   0.28% 9   0.36%
Bush, John Ellis “Jeb” 286,634   0.92% 4   0.17%   4   0.16% 4   0.16%
Uncommitted 70,438   0.23% 12   0.51% 10   9.17% 22   0.89% 130   5.26%
Paul, Randal H. “Rand” 66,790   0.21% 2   0.08%   2   0.08% 1   0.04%
Christie, Christopher James “Chris” 57,636   0.18%        
Huckabee, Michael Dale “Mike” 51,441   0.17% 1   0.04%   1   0.04% 1   0.04%
Fiorina, Carleton Sneed “Carly” 40,578   0.13% 1   0.04%   1   0.04% 1   0.04%
(others) 34,535   0.11%        
Gilmore, James Stuart “Jim”, III 18,364   0.06%        
No Preference 16,670   0.05%        
Santorum, Richard John “Rick” 16,625   0.05%        
Graham, Lindsey Olin 5,663   0.02%        
Gray, Elizabeth 5,449   0.02%        
Others 3,911   0.01%        
Uninstructed Delegation 2,281   0.01%        
Pataki, George E. 2,036   0.01%        
Scattering 1,381   0.00%        
Cook, Timothy “Tim” 517   0.00%        
Jindal, Piyush “Bobby” 222   0.00%        
Hall, David Eames 203   0.00%        
Martin, Andy 202   0.00%        
Spoiled ballots 137   0.00%        
Witz, Richard P.H. 104   0.00%        
Lynch, James P. “Jim”, Sr. 100   0.00%        
Messina, Peter 79   0.00%        
Cullison, Brooks Andrews 56   0.00%        
Lynch, Frank 47   0.00%        
Robinson, Joe 44   0.00%        
Williams, Victor 39   0.00%        
Comley, Stephen Bradley, Sr. 32   0.00%        
Prag, Chomi 16   0.00%        
Breivogel, JoAnn 16   0.00%        
Dyas, Jacob Daniel “Daniel”, Sr. 15   0.00%        
McCarthy, Stephen John 12   0.00%        
Iwachiw, Walter N. 9   0.00%        
Huey, Kevin Glenn 8   0.00%        
Drozd, Matt 6   0.00%        
Mann, Robert Lawrence 5   0.00%        
Total 31,160,103 100.00% 2,363 100.00% 109 100.00% 2,472 100.00% 2,472 100.00%

CONSERVATIVE REVIEW – SCORECARD

Member Name Party State Liberty Score Years in DC Next Election Track
Gary Palmer
Representative

Gary Palmer

R AL-6 A 100% 0 2016
David Brat
Representative

Dave Brat

R VA-7 A 100% 0 2016
Senator

Mike Lee

R UT A 100% 4 2016
Senator

Ted Cruz

R TX A 97% 2 2018
Representative

Louie Gohmert

R TX-1 A 96% 10 2016
Representative

Jeff Duncan

R SC-3 A 96% 4 2016
Representative

Jim Bridenstine

R OK-1 A 96% 2 2016
Representative

Justin Amash

R MI-3 A 96% 4 2016
Representative

Raul Labrador

R ID-1 A 95% 4 2016
Senator

Rand Paul

R KY A 94% 4 2016
Representative

Jim Jordan

R OH-4 A 94% 8 2016
Benjamin Sasse
Senator

Benjamin Sasse

R NE A 93% 0 2020
Curt Clawson
Representative

Curt Clawson

R FL-19 A 93% 1 2016
Representative

Mick Mulvaney

R SC-5 A 93% 4 2016
Representative

Mark Meadows

R NC-11 A 93% 2 2016
Representative

Thomas Massie

R KY-4 A 93% 2 2016
Representative

Scott Garrett

R NJ-5 A 92% 12 2016
Ken Buck
Representative

Ken Buck

R CO-4 A 92% 0 2016
Representative

Tim Huelskamp

R KS-1 A 91% 4 2016
Representative

David Schweikert

R AZ-6 A 91% 4 2016
Trent Franks
Representative

Trent Franks

R AZ-8 A 90% 12 2016
Senator

Tim Scott

R SC B 89% 4 2016
Representative

Ron DeSantis

R FL-6 B 89% 2 2016
Representative

Tom McClintock

R CA-4 B 88% 6 2016
Representative

Mark Sanford

R SC-1 B 88% 7 2016
Representative

Trey Gowdy

R SC-4 B 87% 4 2016
Representative

Matt Salmon

R AZ-5 B 86% 8 2016
Representative

John Fleming

R LA-4 B 86% 6 2016
Representative

Doug Lamborn

R CO-5 B 85% 8 2016
John Ratcliffe
Representative

John Ratcliffe

R TX-4 B 85% 0 2016
Representative

Scott DesJarlais

R TN-4 B 84% 4 2016
Representative

John J. Duncan Jr.

R TN-2 B 84% 25 2016
Representative

Mo Brooks

R AL-5 B 83% 4 2016
Representative

Kenny Marchant

R TX-24 B 83% 10 2016
Representative

Randy Weber

R TX-14 B 82% 2 2016
Representative

Paul Gosar

R AZ-4 B 82% 4 2016
Representative

Roger Williams

R TX-25 B 81% 2 2016
Marlin Stutzman
Representative

Marlin Stutzman

R IN-3 B 81% 4 2016
Representative

Sam Johnson

R TX-3 B 80% 23 2016
Senator

Tom Cotton

R AR B 80% 2 2020
Representative

Randy Neugebauer

R TX-19 B 80% 11 2016
Representative

Dana Rohrabacher

R CA-48 B 80% 25 2016
Representative

Andy Harris

R MD-1 B 80% 4 2016
Representative

Bill Posey

R FL-8 B 80% 6 2016
Jason Chaffetz
Representative

Jason Chaffetz

R UT-3 B 80% 6 2016
Senator

Jeff Sessions

R AL B 80% 18 2020

– See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/scorecard#sthash.7vH04Foc.dpuf

Trump asks Ted Cruz to speak at RNC

Full Video: Sen. Cruz Hearing on Obama Admin’s Willful Blindness to Radical Islamic Terrorism

Trump-Cruz Ticket Would Ensure Victory in November

By Julio Rivera


Friday, 08 Jul 2016

A delegate revolt, the so called #NeverTrump movement, general confusion and ignorance of convention protocol are all on the table as we head into what is expected to be the most controversial and memorable Republican National Convention in modern history.

With an accurate count by delegate allegiance largely a mystery until the first vote and the potential for a party meltdown being more and more a likely scenario if anyone other than Donald Trump is nominated, the time has come for serious consideration of a November ticket headlined by the top two popular vote earners in the GOP primary, presumptive nominee Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Prior to being relieved of his duties as Trump Campaign Manager, Corey Lewandowski was quoted on “CBS This Morning” May 24 as saying regarding the search for a potential VP pick for Mr. Trump, “I think it’s someone who has federal elective experience so they understand how to make sure that they can get his legislative agenda done.”

With that quote speculation began that Mr. Trump would be in the market for someone seasoned and conditioned in the D.C. way of advancing policy.

Since that quote the Republican base has largely been divided by names like Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. While Sessions and Corker bring recent “federal elective experience” they both lack the crossover name recognition amongst lesser informed voters.

Speaker Gingrich, while certainly qualified, suffers from a lack of success in major election scenarios with the exception of his showing in the 2012 South Carolina and Georgia primaries.

The majority of reputable polls over the last year have revealed Hillary Clinton as the favorite in a head to head scenario versus Mr. Trump.

The 2008 and 2012 elections were largely decided by the abstinence of the Conservative base as the less than exciting McCain/Palin and Romney/Ryan tickets failed to motivate disenfranchised voters to pull the GOP lever. With the prospect of 3 consecutive presidential victories by the Democrats on the horizon the time is upon us for presumptive nominee Donald Trump and the Leader of the Current Conservative Contingency, Sen. Ted Cruz to put their personal rivalries and bitter animus behind them in an effort to build the first winning Republican Ticket since before the housing collapse and Great Recession.

The total popular vote count for Cruz showed almost 8 million votes going to the conservative firebrand in a field that started with 17 candidates. Many of Cruz’s supporters have taken an anti-Trump position and the #FreetheDelegates movement, largely fueled by Cruz loyalists has gone viral on social media. Curly Haugland, RNC Rules Committee member has long asserted that delegates are unbound on all ballots adding fuel to a potential explosion in Cleveland that may do irreparable damage to the most splintered Republican Party in decades.

The possibility of a base of support that already numbers over 20 million between both candidates is the closest thing to a lock the GOP can possibly produce. With Trump’s polling and his reckless nature on the campaign trail the onus is on the party to create the strongest possible ticket. Cruz satisfies the need for putting an experienced legislator as well as a respected conservative on a ticket that can prevent the no-show of millions of potential republican voters on election night.

The last time the Republican Party ran its top 2 popular vote recipients on a national ticket the result was the first of 2 landslide victories for the Reagan/Bush ticket which ushered in 12 consecutive years of a GOP Whitehouse.

Mr. Trump, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Senator Cruz should all take a cue from history as our best chance to “Make America Great Again”.

Julio Rivera is an entrepreneur, small business consultant and political activist. He contributes to RightWingNews.com and NewsNinja2012.com, and had previously covered boxing and baseball for the now defunct “The Urban News” in his native Paterson, N.J. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

http://www.newsmax.com/JulioRivera/trump-cruz-gop-delegate/2016/07/08/id/737744/#ixzz4EKuBUSLd

BREAKING: Donald Trump Just Named His Running Mate!

Stoking VP speculation, Trump meeting with Gingrich and Pence in Indiana

By Jose A. DelReal and Robert Costa

 

Donald Trump stoked intense speculation Wednesday about his narrowing search for a running mate after he and members of his family scheduled meetings with several top candidates for the slot here in Indiana.

Trump and his family visited the Indianapolis home of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for a private meeting Wednesday morning and dined with Pence on Tuesday night, just hours after Pence had a well-received audition for the role at a raucous Trump campaign rally. The morning meeting was confirmed by a Trump aide and documented by television crews that were staked out on Pence’s sidewalk as the real estate mogul’s motorcade arrived.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich was seen in Indiana late Wednesday morning by multiple Trump campaign associates who said he was scheduled to meet with Trump and his family. He appeared to be initially unaware that Trump had also met with Pence until several news outlets reported the gathering.

According to a Trump ally, the candidate and his family decided over the weekend to meet with each of the leading contenders as Trump continued to deliberate. On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned with Trump in Virginia Beach and spent time with the campaign team all day, and sat with Trump as they flew between cities.

Those conversations with Christie on Monday and Gingrich later Wednesday were described by the ally as similar in nature to the Pence dinner and breakfast Wednesday: opportunities for Trump to sit with his top candidates and have his family meet them.

Trump was joined early Wednesday by his eldest daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner; his sons Donald Jr. and Eric; and some advisers, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort in recent days has been a proponent for picking a seasoned elected official, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Pence (R) and his wife, Karen, stood outside their front door and waved goodbye to Trump as his motorcade pulled out of the governor’s driveway about 10:30 a.m.

Trump and Pence do not know each other well, but they have built a rapport in recent weeks as the deeply conservative governor and former congressman has ascended on the short list. The Indiana governor’s decades of political experience and his reputation as a staunch social conservative make him an appealing choice for Trump, who has struggled to win over segments of both the hard right and the Republican establishment.

As Trump visited with Pence, other prospects remained unsure of where they stood. Gingrich, who is seen as a finalist, was not aware of the Pence meeting until he saw news reports, according to a person close to Gingrich who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The person said that as of Wednesday morning, Trump had not called the former speaker about any decision having been made.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), a conservative favorite who has counseled Trump through the selection process, was also headed to Indiana on Wednesday for a meeting with Trump. A Republican close to the campaign confirmed the scheduled meeting and a CNN reporter saw Sessions board a flight to Indianapolis from Washington. In a brief interview with the network, he said he was en route to see the candidate. But the Republican said that Session was unlikely to be Trump’s choice and described him as an adviser and possible future Cabinet member.

Sessions will fly with Trump to California later Wednesday, according to a person close to Trump. Trump has fundraisers scheduled for Thursday in the Los Angeles area.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, another candidate on Trump’s short list, spent Wednesday afternoon in Washington, where he spoke at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. A Flynn adviser said that he had other promotional events and meetings in the area regarding his latest book about national security and terrorism, “The Field of Fight.” When asked whether Flynn planned to fly to Indiana, the adviser said he was unaware of any plans to do so.

Pence introduced Trump during a joint campaign rally Tuesday evening in Westfield, Ind., delivering a short but fiery speech for the real estate mogul.

“Hillary and her party have been sliding so far to Bernie’s leftist agenda, it’s hard to keep track of it,” Pence told the crowd, which cheered loudly. “To paraphrase the director of the FBI, I think it would be ‘extremely careless’ to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.”

“Donald Trump understands the frustrations and the hopes of the American people like no other American leader in my lifetime since Ronald Reagan,” Pence said in another instance. “The American people are tired … of being told this is as good as it gets.”

Trump praised the governor during the speech and teased his decision: “I don’t know if he’s going to be your governor or your vice president, who the hell knows?” Trump said.

Pence and his wife met with Trump at one of the businessman’s New Jersey golf courses this month for a visit that was described as warm, and they had a group dinner at the Conrad Hotel on Tuesday.

Republican strategist Jeff Roe  praised the possibility of Pence as someone who could add ideological balance and a temperamental contrast. “He will be the yin to his yang,” Roe said of Pence’s dynamic with Trump. Roe previously ran the primary bid of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).

Trump told The Washington Post earlier in the week that he plans to reveal his vice presidential pick by Friday, but aides said news of his selection could emerge earlier.

Trump and his aides have said that as the presumptive nominee has searched for a running mate, he has looked for candidates who have political experience and an ability to work with lawmakers in Washington.

In an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News on Tuesday night, Trump said that he has narrowed his list to five people and has a “pretty good idea” about whom he will select.

Trump said that his eventual pick would be one of the politicians who has been publicly discussed, and he doesn’t plan to surprise everyone with an out-of-the-blue choice.

“I’m not doing this for surprises. I’m not doing this for games,” Trump said, adding that he wants a running mate who will help him get elected and will be “good” in the position.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/13/stoking-v-p-speculation-trump-and-pence-meet-at-governors-residence/

 

In 2000, Pence stated “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s [sic][42] as a ‘discreet [sic] and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” He called for “an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organisations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus” and instead advocated that resources be directed towards conversion therapy programs.[43][44][45]

Pence has said that homosexuals should not serve in the military, saying “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion” and in 2010 stated that repealing Don’t ask, don’t tell would “have an impact on unit cohesion”.[46] Pence opposed the 2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, saying that Obama wanted to “advance a radical social agenda”[47] and said that pastors “could be charged or be subject to intimidation for simply expressing a Biblical worldview on the issue of homosexual behavior.”[48]

Pence opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.[49] He has referred to Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin‘s findings that throughout history, societal collapse was brought about by the deterioration of marriage and family.[50] He has advocated a constitutional same-sex marriage ban, but did not champion such a proposed ban for his first year as governor.[51]

Other

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana coast, Pence favored offsetting the costs of the hurricane with $24 billion in other spending reductions.[52]

Pence is an advocate of federal restrictions of online gambling. In 2006, he and 34 others members of the House cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act,[53] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[54]

After the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012, Pence, in a closed door meeting, said that the ruling upholding the health care law was similar to the September 11 terrorist attacks.[55] He immediately apologized for making the statement.[56]

Governor of Indiana

2012 election

On May 5, 2011, Pence announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Indiana in 2012.[57] Incumbent Republican Governor Mitch Daniels was term-limited. On November 6, 2012, Pence won the gubernatorial election,[58] defeating Democratic nominee John R. Gregg and Libertarian nominee Rupert Boneham.

Governor Mike Pence speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 27, 2015

Pence became the 50th Governor of Indiana on January 14, 2013.

2013–14

Pence made tax reform, namely a 10% income-tax rate cut, a priority for 2013.[59][60] While he did not get the 10% cut he advocated, Pence did accomplish his goal of cutting state taxes.[59]Legislators cut the income tax by 5% and also killed the inheritance tax.[59] Speaker of the House Brian Bosma said of the deal, “What we ended up doing was putting together a collective tax package that results in the largest tax cut in our state’s history, about $1.1 billion dollars.”[61]

On June 12, 2013, the Indiana legislature overturned Pence’s veto of a bill that would retroactively authorize a local tax. Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto in a 68–23 vote in theHouse and a 34–12 one in the Senate.[62] With an interesting twist, Republican legislators overwhelmingly voted against Pence, while most Democrats supported his veto.[63] The Jackson–Pulaski tax fix, one of three bills vetoed by the Governor during the session, addressed a 15-year-old county income tax which had been imposed to fund the construction of jail facilities with the stipulation that the tax be lowered by 1% after the first several years. The reduction was not implemented and thus county residents paid an additional 1% tax that they were legally not required to pay. The bill, which was passed by a huge majority of legislators and subsequently vetoed by Pence, allowed money to be kept and not returned to the tax payers as would have otherwise been necessary.[64]

Pence’s communications director Christy Denault, said that he “stands by [his] veto, and regret[s] that it was not upheld by the Indiana General Assembly today. While this bill contained some positive provisions, the Governor believes that when Hoosiers pay taxes that are not owed, they should be offered relief. Hoosiers can be assured that Governor Pence and his administration will continue to put taxpayers first.”[63] Republicans argued that the veto itself would be unfair for taxpayers as state tax payers had to make up the money spent on calculating refunds to the tax payers in Jackson and Pulaski Counties. The bill also included tax breaks and benefits for veterans and veteran families that many legislators were unwilling to see vetoed. “Sustaining this veto will be a tax increase on the innocent spouses of disabled (and) deceased veterans, a tax increase through no fault of their own”, said Republican District 7 State Senator Brandt Hershman. “Sustaining the veto will be a vote against the innocent taxpayers in Pulaski and Jackson counties who still regardless of our action here … have to fund a jail.”[63]

In June 2013, Pence was criticized for deleting comments of others posted on his official government Facebook page; he apologized.[65]

In late 2014, Philip Rucker of The Washington Post noted Pence’s “relatively thin record as governor”, comparing it to the previous governor, Mitch Daniels, who “already had cut taxes, balanced the budget and spurred economic development”.[59]

2015

JustIN

Mike Pence at the 500 Festival Parade in Indianapolis, 2015

On January 26, 2015 it was widely reported that Pence had planned to launch a state-run, taxpayer funded news service for Indiana.[66] The service, called “JustIN” was to be overseen by a former reporter for the Indianapolis Star, and would feature breaking news, stories written by press secretaries, and light features.[66] At the time, it was reported that the two employees who would run the news service would be paid a combined $100,000 yearly salary.[66] The target audience was small newspapers that had limited staff, but the site would also serve to communicate directly with the public. The idea was met with revulsion both by small Indiana newspapers, and by the national news media. The publisher of the Portland Commercial Review said, “I think it’s a ludicrous idea … the notion of elected officials presenting material that will inevitably have a pro-administration point of view is antithetical to the idea of an independent press.”[66] Many news stories compared the new JustIN service to state-run news agencies in Russia, China, and North Korea.[67] There was speculation that the news service would publish pro-administration stories that would make Pence look good in the event of a presidential run.[68]

It was especially surprising coming from Pence because of his history in radio, and his former role as a media advocate in Congress, when he supported shield laws protecting confidentiality of media sources, and opposed the Fairness Doctrine, which would have given the government more control over political speech.[69] The Atlantic regarded the announcement of JustIN as evidence of a disturbing changing trend in how the public gets news.[67] After a week or so of controversy about the idea, Pence scrapped the idea saying, “However well intentioned, after thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed, I am writing you to inform you that I have made a decision to terminate development of the JustIN website immediately.”[70]

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Main article: Indiana SB 101

On March 26, 2015, Pence signed Indiana Senate Bill 101, also known as the Indiana “religious objections” bill (RFRA), into law.[71] The law’s signing was met with widespread criticism by people and groups who felt the law was carefully worded in a way that would permit discrimination against LGBT persons.[72][73][74][75] Such organizations as the NCAA, the gamer convention Gen Con, and the Disciples of Christ spoke out against the law. Apple CEOTim Cook and Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff condemned the law, with Salesforce.com saying it would halt its plans to expand in the state.[76][77] Angie’s List announced that they would cancel a $40 million expansion of their Indianapolis based headquarters due to concerns over the law. The expansion would have moved 1000 jobs into the state. The mayors of San Francisco and Seattle banned official travel to Indiana.[78] Thousands protested against the policy.[72] Five GOP state representatives voted against the bill, and Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, criticized it as sending the “wrong signal” about the state.[79]

Pence repeatedly defended the law, stating that it was not about discrimination. In an appearance on the ABC News program This Week with George Stephanopoulos,[80] Pence stated, “We are not going to change this law”, while refusing to answer whether examples of discrimination against LGBT people given by Eric Miller of anti-LGBT group Advance America would be legal under the law.[81] Pence denied the law permitted discrimination and wrote in a March 31, 2015 Wall Street Journal op-ed, “If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore. As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it.”[82]

In the wake of the backlash against the RFRA, on April 2, 2015, Pence signed legislation revising the law to prevent potential discrimination.[83] Discrimination against LGBT individuals in employment, housing, and public accommodation remains legal, an issue that will be debated in the 2016 legislative session, and Pence has yet to endorse a proposed bill.[84]

Syrian refugees

As of March 2016, Pence has attempted unsuccessfully to prevent Syrian refugees from being resettled in Indiana.[85]

2016 re-election campaign

Pence is running for a second term as governor. He was unopposed in the May 3, 2016 Republican primary for governor. He faces Democrat John Gregg, former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, in a rematch of the 2012 race.

According to multiple sources, as of early July 2016 Pence was one of several candidates being vetted by the Donald Trump presidential campaign to join the ticket as the Republican nominee for Vice President, and, on July 12, 2016, evidently was among Trump’s top three choices.[5] If Pence were picked for that position, he would be barred by Indiana law for running for another position (in this case, for governor) on the November ballot. Pence would be replaced by a selection made by the Indiana Republican State Central Committee. Indiana law mandates that candidate vacancies must be filled by July 15.[86]

Personal life

Pence, and his wife, Karen, speaking at an event in 2015

Pence and his wife, First Lady of Indiana Karen Pence, an educator, have been married since 1985. They have three children: Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. Pence is a declared Christian. During his service in the U.S. House, the Pence family lived in Arlington, Virginia when Congress was in session.[citation needed]

Electoral history

U.S. House of Representatives

2000

Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District Election (2000)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 106,023 50.87
Democratic Robert Rock 80,885 38.81
Independent William “Bill” Frazier 19,077 9.15
Libertarian Michael Frazier 2,422 1.16
Total votes 208,407 100.00
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

2002

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 118,436 63.79
Democratic Melina Ann Fox 63,871 34.40
Libertarian Doris Robertson 3,346 1.80
Total votes 185,653 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2004

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 182,529 67.09
Democratic Melina Ann Fox 85,123 31.29
Libertarian Chad (Wick) Roots 4,397 1.62
Total votes 272,049 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2006

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 52,188 86.13
Republican George Holland 8,406 13.87
Total votes 60,594 100.00
Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 115,266 60.01
Democratic Barry A. Welsh 76,812 39.99
Total votes 192,078 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 180,549 63.96
Democratic Barry A. Welsh 94,223 33.38
Libertarian George T. Holland 7,534 2.67
Total votes 282,306 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2010

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 126,027 66.57
Democratic Barry A. Welsh 56,647 29.92
Libertarian Talmage “T.J.” Thompson, Jr. 6,635 3.51
Total votes 189,309 100.00
Voter turnout 41%
Republican hold

As Governor of Indiana

2012

Republican Indiana gubernatorial election primary in Indiana, 2012[87]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 554,412 100
Total votes 554,412 100
2012 Indiana gubernatorial election[88]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 1,264,877 49.62% -8.22%
Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 1,183,213 46.42% +6.38%
Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 101,028 3.96% +1.84%
No party Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish (write-in) 34 0%
Margin of victory 81,664 3.20% -14.61%
Turnout 2,549,152 57.81% -2.08%
Republican hold Swing

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