Donald Trump’s likely running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, doesn’t just contrast with him on style, but also on substance.
Unlike the New York real estate mogul, Pence is a fairly typical Republican, a social and economic conservative who espouses traditional small-government ideas.
Here’s a closer look at three issues where they differ.
In March, Trump said he backed “punishment” for women who get abortions if they are banned. He later backtracked, saying women who get abortions illegally “punish themselves.” Trump’s initial statement attracted widespread condemnation, including criticism from Pence.
“Governor Pence does not agree with the statement made by Donald Trump,” Pence’s office said in a blunt statement in March. “The Governor believes that it’s important to focus on policies, as we advance the sanctity of life on those that are performing the abortions.”
On free trade
A cornerstone of Trump’s campaign has been his assertion that, if elected, he will make it difficult for foreign manufacturers to compete by placing tariffs on goods made abroad and shipped to the U.S. Last month, Trump blasted the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a speech on trade at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, calling the TPP the “greatest danger yet.”
Pence has been a longtime campaigner for free trade. He is opposed to tariffs on imported goods, supports TPP and also supported the North American Free Trade Agreement. In 1991, Pence ran an Indiana think tank that advocated for free-market policies.
On Muslim ban
In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, Trump called for a ban in December of all Muslims entering the U.S. He reiterated that call in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Trump has since said the ban would only apply to Muslims from “terrorist countries.”
Pence reacted strongly to Trump’s call for a ban. In December, he called the idea “offensive and unconstitutional.” The governor doubled down on those comments earlier this week. Pence said he still did not agree with the ban but nonetheless would support Trump.
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