Seeds: As the presidential nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties officially accept their nominations, the country has now turned its attention to the candidates chosen as their running mates. In recent weeks Republican nominee Donald J. Trump announced his choice for Vice President, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Just a few days ago, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced that Senator Tim Kaine (VA) will be her pick for VP.
Core: If you’re like most people, these names mean almost nothing to you, so here’s a little rundown of each VP pick.
Governor Mike Pence: Governor Pence is broadly known as a traditional pro-life, evangelical, social conservative. He is most famous for his involvement in the passing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law basically stated that religious freedom can be used as a defense in court if an individual or corporation is being sued by a private party. Many saw this law as a “get out of jail free card” for people and businesses to widely discriminate, specifically against members of the LBGTQ+ community. In the face of the backlash, Pence was forced to revise the bill, outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Trump campaign hopes that Pence’s staunch conservatism will further aid him in his quest for socially conservative and evangelical voters.
Senator Tim Kaine: Senator Kaine is a long time Virginia politician (a competitive advantage for Clinton since Virginia is an important swing state). Despite his Catholic background and personal beliefs about issues such as abortion, Kaine is politically pro-choice. Although his moderate track record may not be enough to grab the attention of Bernie Sanders supporters, the Clinton campaign hopes that Kaine’s devout religious beliefs will be able to swing some evangelical voters and his ability to speak Spanish fluently will appeal to much needed hispanic voters.
Skin: Trump and Pence’s partnership has already caught the attention of many due to their, um, eye catching campaign logo. Clinton and Kaine hope to start off their political relationship on a good foot at this week’s Democratic National Convention by putting forth a united campaign.
Leaves: The full impact of the two vice presidential candidates is yet to be seen; however, we will be sure to hear much more about these two men in the months leading up to November.
Food For Thought: Do you think VP picks really make that much of a difference in the presidential election? Is Pence a good pick for Trump? Is Kaine a good pick for Clinton?
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