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by Stephen Lendman
On Thursday, Spence flew unannounced to New York ahead of Friday’s announcement – low key instead of more elaborate plans following Nice’s overnight incident.
At 9:50AM Friday, Trump made it official, twittering “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00AM.”
Pence formally filed paperwork affirming he won’t stand for Indiana gubernatorial reelection, then tweeted it.
He endorsed Trump after primary season ended, saying “it’s time to come together around the people who were the people’s choice.”
He’s a Tea Party hardliner, anti-populist, abortion rights opponent. Vice presidents are chosen to broaden support for presidential aspirants.
Rare exceptions aside like Dick Cheney, they hold little or no power in office, appendages of their bosses only.
Former FDR running mate John Nance Garner once told JFK’s veep Lyndon Johnson that “(t)he vice presidency isn’t worth a pitcher of warm spit.”
Both men were noted for earthy language. Some observers said Garner’s actual words were a “pitcher of warm piss.” Separately he called the office “a spare tire on the automobile of government.”
Clinton’s choice awaits to be announced, likely before Democrats meet in Philadelphia beginning on July 25.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.