Donald Trump introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday, calling him "my partner in this campaign" and his first and best choice to join him on a winning Republican presidential ticket, the AP reports. Trump tried to draw a sharp contrast between Pence and Clinton. In fact, he spent about as much time lambasting Clinton as praising Pence, declaring she had led President Obama "down a horrible path" abroad. He said Pence would stand up to America's enemies and that he and the governor represent "the law-and-order candidates" at home. "What a difference between crooked Hillary Clinton and Mike Pence," Trump said. "He's a solid, solid person."
Pence hewed closely to the populist themes that Trump has voiced on the campaign trail, describing himself as "really just a small-town boy." He praised Trump effusively as "a good man," a fighter, a legendary businessman, and a patriotic American. "The American people are tired," Pence said. "We're tired of being told that this is as good as it gets." The joint appearance was intended to catapult the party toward a successful and unified Republican National Convention. Trump conceded that one of the reasons he'd selected Pence was to promote unity within the Republican Party. The announcement lacked much of the stagecraft typically associated with the public unveiling of a running mate. The two did not walk out together, appearing at each other's side only after Trump delivered a rambling 28-minute address that included a plug for his new hotel in Washington. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)