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Donald Trump chooses Mike Pence as his running mate

Republican Donald Trump has selected Indiana governor Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential running mate, according to US media reports.

Mr Pence is the governor of Indiana
Mr Pence is the governor of Indiana

Mr Trump’s campaign planned to announce his selection on Friday, but cancelled the event because of the attack in Nice, France.

Sources close to campaign told ABC News that Mr Pence accepted the offer.

However, Mr Trump told Fox News on Thursday evening: “I haven’t made my final, final decision.”

Mr Trump hopes Mr Pence can help him appeal to the party’s conservatives.

Other candidates reportedly in the running were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Before his current job, Mr Pence, 57, spent 12 years in Washington as a congressman.

His legislative experience and position of governor of a Midwestern state could give Mr Trump advantages in the general election.

The Indiana governor is strongly anti-abortion and signed a religious freedom bill, which some saw as anti-gay, into law.

The campaign hopes that Mr Pence will help boost Mr Trump’s image with social conservatives who have been unsettled by Mr Trump’s brash persona. BBC

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