INDIANAPOLIS — Leaders across Indiana and the nation reacted strongly — both favorably and unfavorably — after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump confirmed Friday he had selected Gov. Mike Pence for vice president.
Here’s a sampling of what they said:
Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb — “Donald Trump has selected as his running mate a man of unimpeachable integrity, broad experience and a deep love of this country. Gov. Mike Pence’s record of leadership in balancing budgets and supporting a business climate where ingenuity can flourish will be invaluable and needed assets to the country.”
House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City — “Mike Pence created chaos when he governed, he’s leaving chaos behind him and now he’s running into the arms of a chaotic candidate. I wonder if he took note of the cast of reputable Republicans who completely rejected any possibility of partnership with Trump. ... I’m afraid that ambition got the best of him. Donald Trump rescued him from a very likely loss for governor.”
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. — “Gov. Pence is a proven leader with both executive and legislative experience. As Indiana’s governor, he has continued our state’s remarkable economic progress and pushed for more effective, efficient government. He’s served in leadership in Congress and understands how the federal government operates. Gov. Pence’s communications skills, long history as a conservative leader and midwestern common-sense will be an asset to the Trump campaign.”
John Podesta, campaign chairman for Democrat Hillary Clinton — “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.”
Jeff Cardwell, Indiana Republican Party chairman — “His unwavering commitment to Hoosiers both in his public life as a congressman and governor and in his personal life as a father and husband, and faithful servant, has been his utmost priority his entire life. As my friend for more than 25 years, I know that he will be a determined and enthusiastic voice for those who feel the system has left them behind.”
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John Zody, Indiana Democratic Party chairman — “Mike Pence has spent the past three years focused only on his personal ambition. He has embarrassed Hoosiers, signed divisive and discriminatory legislation into law, and alienated the business community — costing our state money in the process. Unfortunately, that qualifies him as a compatible running mate for Donald Trump, who is out only for himself and running one of the most toxic presidential campaigns in history.”
Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne — “Mike Pence is an outstanding selection to serve as Donald Trump’s running mate. Under Gov. Pence’s leadership, Indiana has been a national leader in economic performance and responsible state government that puts taxpayers’ interests first. As vice president, Mike will bring a much-needed dose of Hoosier common sense to Washington.”
Brett Voorhies, president, Indiana AFL-CIO — “Mike Pence is running away from the people of Indiana and into the arms of Donald Trump, and the pair could not be more perfect for each other. Trump and Pence are both driven by a divisive political agenda that focuses more on ideologies than actual practical solutions to the issues plaguing working people.”
Mike Fichter, CEO of Indiana Right to Life — “Gov. Pence is devoted to protecting the unborn and their mothers. Gov. Pence’s pro-life stance is more than a talking point; Gov. Pence has put his pro-life position into action time and time again. Indiana is a better state for the unborn and their mothers because of the governor’s pro-life leadership.”
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America — “For women, for LGBT families and for the diverse families that make America great, our nation’s potential future just got a lot scarier. While Trump has only hypothesized that women should be punished for having abortions, Gov. Pence has turned this theory into law. Gov. Pence is a man who has worked to make abortion illegal, imprison doctors for providing abortion services for women and ban some of the most common forms of contraception.”
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis — “I congratulate my friend Mike Pence on the unique and high honor of being the vice presidential candidate on our party’s national ticket. I know Mike and Karen will continue to serve our country with humility and distinction.”
Annie Mansfield, campaign manager for Glenda Ritz, Democratic state superintendent of public instruction — “Indiana’s teachers, parents and students can rest a little easier knowing that Mike Pence will now be absent from Indiana and soon be unable to force his political agenda on our classrooms.”