Where Donald Trump And Mike Pence Disagree

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Donald Trump’s reported pick for his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), hasn’t agreed with everything the real estate mogul has said on the campaign trail.

Here are some of the policies that divide the dynamic duo:

Proposed Muslim Ban

After Trump proposed a ban on Muslims from entering the United States, Pence tweeted that such a ban was “offensive” and “unconstitutional.”

That Time He Endorsed Ted Cruz

Pence was initially not on the so-called Trump train. He first said in April that he was voting for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), saying Cruz was “a principled conservative who has dedicated his career to advocating the Reagan agenda.”

But, in the same interview, he also complimented all the Republicans who were stilling running at the time, and commended Trump for giving “a voice to the frustration.”

In May, Pence formally endorsed Trump after he was declared the presumptive nominee.


After Trump said at a MSNBC town hall that women should be punished if abortions were made illegal, Pence released a statement through his office stating that he disagreed with the businessman.

“Governor Pence does not agree with the statement made by Donald Trump. As someone who has embraced the pro-life position all of his life, he has a deep compassion for expected mothers and the unborn,” the statement read. “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.”

Trans Pacific Partnership

Trump said supporters of the “TPP” want to “rape” the United States.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country, just a continuing rape of our country,” Trump said at a rally in Ohio last month. “That’s what it is, too. It’s a harsh word: It’s a rape of our country.”

Pence tweeted that the time “has come” to urge the adoption of the TPP:

Attacks On Federal Judges

When Trump questioned whether U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel could fairly preside over cases related to Trump University because of his ethnicity, Pence said he didn’t think it was appropriate.

“Every American is entitled to a fair trial and an impartial judge, but of course I think those comments were inappropriate,” Pence said at the time. “I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to question the partiality of the judge based on their ethnic background.”

Attitude Toward Press

Trump has banned some media organizations from his events and repeatedly calls out journalists and news outlets on Twitter he thinks are biased against him. He also said in February that, as president, he would “open up” libel laws so that the public can sue the media and “win lots of money.”

Pence tweeted in March that he has “long believed” in the public’s right to know a “free and independent press.”

Rhetoric On Immigrants

Trump declared when he announced his candidacy that Mexican immigrants were “rapists” and drug dealers. Trump has said he would deport thousands of undocumented immigrants and that he wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, with Mexico footing the bill.

Pence tweeted in January 2014 that “we are a nation of immigrants” and that he wanted to “celebrate” the Hispanic community for their contributions to the state of Indiana:

h/t: IndyStar, The Washington Post

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