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Low-key intro for Trump’s running mate

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (right) applauds Governor Mike Pence (left) during a campaign event to announce Pence as the vice-presidential running mate yesterday.

UNITED STATES

NEW YORK (AP) Donald Trump introduced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate on yesterday, calling him "my partner in this campaign" and his first and best choice to join him on a winning Republican presidential ticket.

Skipping the traditional massive rally in favour of a low-key announcement in a Manhattan hotel, Trump tried to draw a sharp contrast between Pence, a soft-spoken conservative, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.

In fact, he spent about as much time lambasting Clinton as praising Pence, declaring she had led President Barack Obama "down a horrible path" abroad.

He said Pence would stand up to America's enemies and that he and the governor represent "the law-and-order candidates" at home.

"What a difference between crooked Hillary Clinton and Mike Pence," Trump said. He added: "He's a solid, solid person."

Pence, standing alone in front of American flags, hewed closely to the populist themes that Trump has voiced on the campaign trail, describing himself as "really just a small-town boy."

He praised Trump effusively as "a good man," a fighter, a legendary businessman and a patriotic American.

The joint appearance was intended to catapult the party towards a successful and unified Republican National Convention, which kicks off in Cleveland on tomorrow.

Brandishing his running mate's job-creating credentials, Trump ticked through a list of statistics he said showed how Pence had pulled Indiana out of economic recessions: an unemployment rate that fell to less than five per cent on his watch, an uptick in the labour force and a decrease in Indiana residents on unemployment insurance.