Media reports say that Donald Trump will select Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Since Pence is an alumnus of the my law school and I did meet him once, I thought I’d share my views.
Governor Pence is a serious man who takes his faith seriously. He is very good at speaking clearly on issues where he has strong beliefs. He has not shown a penchant for the nuts-and bolts of administration since becoming Governor, but as Vice President that may not matter.
A more serious objection is that when the state passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was deemed hostile to gays and lesbians, the Governor was totally out of his depth when questioned on the matter. It was not something he had thought about in depth and so he floundered. To my mind, this could become a liability in the campaign if you like Trump. Trump is bound to say more controversial things between now and November, and I suspect Pence will not be good at thinking on his feet to defend those sorts of comments.