Indiana Gov. Mike Pence may become the most powerful vice president in recent history to have an important role in leading the U.S.
“This is a historic night,” Pence told the crowd at the New York Hilton Midtown shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday when the final votes casted laid in Donald Trump’s. “The American people have spoken. And the American people have elected their new champion.”
Due to his Washington experience and political connections that Trump has not previously had, Pence could become one of the more influential vice presidents to help lead with Trump.
“In many respects, Mike is the guy who is going to fill in all the blanks and help make many of the policy items of the conservative movement a reality,” said Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling. “I think he would be one of the more active vice presidents possibly in the history of the republic, certainly in recent memory.”
DC insiders are suggesting that Pence will be the link between Trump and the members of the GOP who mistreated and abandoned the billionaire during his campaign. An example of this is Rep. Paul Ryan. The lawmaker from Wisconsin alienated Trump during his final weeks before the election, but the relationship between Pence and Ryan is strong, and so the thought is Pence will become the ambassador of peace who will smooth the damaged relationship.
It has been a long journey for Pence in getting to the No. 2 spot after temporarily putting his own presidential ambitions on the back-burner following a challenging first term as governor. He then faced a difficult re-election campaign when he agreed to be Donald Trump’s running mate for office.
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