Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2016 election, and he will represent the Trump campaign during the vice presidential debate on October 4th. But like many in the Republican party, Pence did not always back Trump. Who was he rooting for to win the Republican nomination?
Back in April, the Indiana Republican primary was coming up, and the endorsement of the state’s governor was highly sought after by each of the Republican candidates. In the last week of April, Governor Pence threw his weight behind a candidate, but not Donald Trump. Instead, he supported Ted Cruz.
However, Pence was quite diplomatic in his endorsement, especially since it was clear at the time that Trump had a very good chance of winning the Republican nomination. Pence said that he did not dislike any of the nominees, which at that time were Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich.
“I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the Republican primary,” Pence said, according to CNN.
Pence argued that Cruz’s understanding of the Constitution and his ability to take the lead in his party made him the best fit for president. But the Indiana governor also offered some praise for Donald Trump, saying that Trump has given voice to millions of frustrated Americans. Trump ended up winning the state of Indiana quite handily, earning 53.3 percent of the vote. In second place was Ted Cruz with 36.7 percent of the vote.
So Pence is not one of the many politicians who bad mouthed Trump as being unfit to be president, only to later endorse him, with Ted Cruz being a prime example of that. In fact, Pence did not go on record with any major criticism of Trump throughout the primary season. However, it’s quite clear that they are two very different politicians, and that has created a number of situations in which Pence has made comments that seem to completely contradict Trump’s thinking.
For instance, he said in July that the United States would stand by its NATO allies, even though Trump had just said that the U.S. would only do so if the allies had fulfilled their obligations. When Donald Trump was engaged in a feud with a gold star family, Pence released a statement saying the Khan family should be cherished by all Americans.
And there are many policy issues on which Pence and Trump don’t seem to agree. When it comes to trade, Pence has spoken out in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that Trump has called a “disaster” and “a continuing rape of our country.”