SLU expert discusses Trump’s selection of Pence

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Donald Trump was expected to formally introduce his vice presidential candidate on Friday, but that was postponed due to the deadly terrorist attack in Nice, France. Instead, Trump tweeted out the news after several news sources confirmed it would be Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Trump tweeted, “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate."

That news conference for the official announcement will now take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. Central Time.

Pence is a staunch conservative who will likely help Trump convince Republicans that his administration would look out for their interests. Pence brings along several key areas in his background that also help bolster the ticket.

Joel Goldstein, a law professor at St. Louis University, is a foremost expert on vice presidents and has written several books on the topic. He says there are several factors that contributed to the pick.

“First, since Mr. Trump hasn’t served in government, he needed a Washington insider familiar with Congress,” he said.

Governor Pence has served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives beginning in the year 2000, leading up to his election to governor.

“Second, Trump doesn’t have a national security credential. Mr. Pence had served on the House Foreign Relations Committee,” Goldstein said.

“Mr. Trump is trying to unify the Republican Party. Social conservatives are one of the groups he needs to rally. Mr. Pence is very popular with that group.”

The Republican National Convention begins on Monday in Cleveland. On Tuesday, the delegates will vote, likely nominating Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for President. On Wednesday, Governor Pence is expected to speak. The event will wrap up on Thursday when Donald Trump gives a speech to close out the convention.