Was Trump right to pick Pence over Christie and Gingrich?

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U.S. Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Saturday he chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate to boost party unity.

Trump described Pence as his "first choice" for the job but has admitted that he went with the governor for "party unity.because I'm an outsider".

"I think this is a good man who's been talking about the issues the American people care about", he said.

Trump's running mate announcement came as no surprise, following a long week of teasing his veep pick.

Trump noted that Pence "looks very good" and has an "incredible family", plus the two of them are "law and order candidates" who can defeat a "weak" Hillary Clinton.

"Maybe that's their plan, to try to bring the attention away from the Trump nomination", Calabrese said, "I think you're going to go to the floor with a certain number - a very small minority - that may be very vocal".

And in the early months of the war, when it appeared to most to be a military success, Trump agreed with that analysis.

Pence said that Trump "is a man that appreciates candor".

"He is a tremendous man!"

Mike Pence of IN made their public debut as running mates Saturday morning, hoping to inspire a wave of party unity heading into the Republican National Convention IN Cleveland.

On finishing, Mr Pence was embraced by members of his family, shook hands again with Mr Trump and was kissed by the tycoon's daughters before the two candidates stood side-by-side rather stiffly.

He bragged that they had been "crushed".

The governor of IN was formally presented as Trump's running mate Saturday, a day after Trump announced the choice on Twitter. Pence took to the podium for the second half of the news conference at about 11:35.

"I accept your invitation to run and serve as vice president of the United States of America", Pence said. "I just feel confident I can vote for Trump now because of Pence". Pence, the reality television star said, was "highly respected" and a "highly talented" executive that led the state of IN to job growth.

By 4:30, almost 200 were inside waiting for Pence to arrive, around the time Pence's flight took off. "I said, 'Who did he endorse?'"

"Donald Trump understands the frustrations and the hopes of the American people like no leader since Ronald Reagan", he added.

"I am sad to see him leave the governor's office because he's done such an awesome job here", says Whatley.

The pick of Pence was uncharacteristically conventional for Trump.

It wasn't until later that year that Trump began expressing his opposition to the war.

The candidate and his aides reacted angrily over news leaks Thursday about Pence's selection.

Trump had spent weeks vetting vice presidential contenders, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and only zeroed in on Pence in recent days.