Jul 14, 2016

Trump Shows Wisdom In His Selection Of Pence As His Running Mate

Common Sense Commentary: Whatever you think of Trump, he has shown great wisdom in his choice of a Vice-Presidential running mate and in appointing the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation to vett his choices of Supreme Court Justices. These are two of the most important decisions he will ever make and he made them right. Gov. Pence fills in Trump's gaps and may even win him to Christ.

Here is an article which ran in the Indianapolis Star in past issues concerning the election of their Governor Mike Pence. Mike was chosen today by Donald Trump to be his Vise-Presidential Running mate. RB

Strong faith shapes Mike Pence's politics

Since his early days in politics, Mike Pence has repeatedly described himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."

As he enters the national spotlight as Donald Trump's running mate, Pence will bring a record as a congressman and governor that reflects that conviction. While he has more recently championed tax cuts and limited spending, he long has fought fiercely for religious rights, pro-life legislation and to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

In 12 years as a congressman representing Indiana, he was most known for his willingness to tackle social issues. Staunchly pro-life, he famously said he was willing to shut down the federal government in 2011 to defund Planned Parenthood, which conducts abortions among its health care services for women.

Like many young adults, Pence's views began to change during and just after college. He met his future wife, Karen, at a church in Indianapolis after he graduated from Hanover College. He later became a born-again Christian. Both remain deeply religious.

Indiana's newly elected governor, Congressman Mike Pence makes a comment to his wife Karen on stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where Indiana Republicans gathered to hear his victory speech after his win over Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham...."I would say that my Christian faith and my relationship with Karen are the two most dominant influences in my life today," Pence told IndyStar in 2012.

Pence traces his views back to two historical documents: the Constitution and the Bible.

The first has shaped his passionate belief in limited government. The second has forged his strong beliefs on abortion and marriage.

He was a history major at Hanover College and identified with the principles of the founding fathers. And politically, he began listening to an actor-turned-politician.

"I started to identify with that kind of common-sense conservatism of Ronald Reagan," Pence said in 2012, "and before I knew it, I decided I was a Republican and moved up here in Indianapolis in 1983 to go to law school."

Law school pal Bill Stephan, now an administrator at Indiana University, said Pence grew more serious about his faith as a young adult, and that is reflected in many of his political choices.

"I think he will tell you very openly he made a commitment to Christ as a young adult," Stephan said in 2012. "I think he's pretty serious about his prayer life, and his actions and deeds reflect his faith. That's part of what motivates him to public service."

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