DENVER — No need for rumors, sources or tweets — Donald Trump made it official Saturday, introducing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
“What a difference between crooked Hilary Clinton and Mike Pence,” Trump said during his nearly 30-minute speech introducing Pence.
“I accept your invitation to run and serve as the Vice President of the United States of America,” Pence told the crowd gathered in New York. “Donald Trump is a good man and he will make a great President of the United States of America.
“Hillary Clinton must never become president.”
It remains unclear if Pence and Trump agree on every major policy position. Pence previously had different positions on trade, immigration and other matters.
Ali Pardo, the Republican National Committee’s Colorado spokeswoman, shut down the notion that Trump and Pence have too many differences.
“We have diversity on our ticket when it comes to ideas, when it comes to thoughts, and when it comes to experience,” Pardo said.
When asked when Pence will come to Colorado, Pardo said, “Not soon enough.”
“The people of Colorado are going to really like Mike Pence,” Pardo said.
With Trump’s selection done, the attention now shifts to Hillary Clinton. Gov. John Hickenlooper met with Clinton for more than an hour Friday. The governor is scheduled to be in New York on Monday and Tuesday, and then back in Denver on Wednesday.
Clinton is expected to make her pick sometime after the GOP convention.
“We were prepared to respond with the many ways in which Mike Pence is the most extreme pick in a generation — a doubling down of Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies,” the Clinton campaign said in response to Pence’s pick.
“But after publicly waffling over his own choice, Trump spent more time today making false attacks on Hillary Clinton — several of which could also be leveled against Pence — and talking about his own businesses than his own running mate. It turns out, you can force Trump to make a choice and give him a speech, he’s always going to be Trump.”