Trump introduces Pence as VP pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(WISH/CNN) – Donald Trump formally introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday. The event took place in Manhattan at 11 a.m.

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CNN reports that the announcement of Pence as Trump’s running mate came with a night of dramatic soul-searching from Trump, wondering if he had picked the right man. His pick has been one of the most conventional steps for Trump since the beginning of his campaign.

Trump announced the news on Twitter Friday morning after the news had already leaked out to the public. In his tweet he said “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate.”

Trump, multiple sources told CNN, was troubled by his gut feeling that he should have gone with his friend, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie instead, and made calls to his children and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but was told he could not.

The Trump campaign has denied the reports that Trump had a sudden crisis of confidence over his pick of Pence, which have put the Indiana governor in an awkward position at the moment of joining the Republican ticket.

On Saturday morning, it seemed that Trump had put it all behind him when he tweeted that Pence was always his first choice.

“By picking Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has doubled down on some of his most disturbing beliefs by choosing an incredibly divisive and unpopular running mate known for supporting discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families,” said John Podesta, chair of Hillary for America said in a statement.

The Donald Trump campaign is hosting a “welcome home rally” in Zionsville for VP candidate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Trump himself will not be in attendance, according to the campaign’s website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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