NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (RESTRICTED POOL) – A well-known social and evangelical conservative, Mike Pence was selected as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s running mate in July, just days before the Republican National Convention. The nomination of the Indiana governor for Vice President was seen as a safe choice: Pence’s low-key demeanor was a contrast to that of the bombastic Trump.
Pence, 57, became governor in 2013, but before that, he was a six-term congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, part of which he served as the chair of the House Republican Conference, the third highest-ranking Republican leadership position.
Shortly after his addition to the Republican ticket, differences of opinion between Trump and Pence began to surface, most notably when, during the vice presidential debate, Pence denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin for his interference in Syria’s civil war and support for Assad.
Trump was questioned about their differing views on Syria during a debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He said, “He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree.”
When Trump came under scrutiny for a 2005 videotape in which he made sexually aggressive comments about women, Pence again distanced himself, issuing a statement critical of Trump’s words on the tape, saying on Twitter that he “cannot defend them.”
Following Trump’s win on November 08, he and Pence have put on a more unified front. Shortly after the election, Trump demanded an apology from the cast of the Broadway show “Hamilton,” who delivered a speech to Pence when he attended a performance. Immediately after the show, a cast member read out a plea to “uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.” A video of the speech quickly went viral. Pence told “Fox News Sunday” that he was not offended by the speech and, despite Trump’s insistence, declined to ask for an apology.
In December, Pence joined Trump on a ‘thank you’ tour across the U.S., occasionally standing in for the president-elect in places like New Orleans.
He also actively met with Republican lawmakers in preparation for Trump’s takeover on January 20.