>> And we can make America great again.>> Donald Trumps's choice of Mike Pence as his running mate is a popular and safe choice for the Republican party. But Pence is very much a leap in the dark for Donald Trump himself. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. In picking Pence, who Republican leaders say is the most rational choice, Trump is passing over two other shortlisters with more obvious down sides, but who are far better known to him, personally.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christy. Both Christy and Gingrich have shown enormous loyalty to Trump as others have wavered. So in a sense, what we have with Pence is an arranged marriage built on strategic concerns rather than personal chemistry. That may help unify the Republican party, but Trump is rolling the dice that the so called safe choice will turn out to be a loyal lieutenant.
In fact Pence himself, only ten weeks ago, was endorsing Trump's chief rival in the primaries, Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Pence has also spoken out against Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigrants and is a big supporter of the TPP trade deal, which Trump has campaigned furiously against.>> What a group-
>> Pence poses other risks. Trump's supporters have propelled him to the nomination because he was not a traditional politician. And it's not clear whether they'll embrace the former congressman, a social conservative and career politician who has held office for decades. Pence could help Trump appeal to religious conservatives, but Pence was caught in the crossfire last year when he signed a religious freedom law that was fiercely denounced by business groups as anti-gay.
Pence also isn't terribly popular in Indiana, which went to Barack Obama in 2008, and which Trump will need to carry if he's to reach the White House. So far the blowback has been minimal, but Pence still carries risks all his own.