Gov. Mike Pence Stands by Opposition to Donald Trump's Muslim Ban
"I've taken issue with candidates from time to time," the Indiana Governor said.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Amid the speculation of whether he’ll be picked as Vice President, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stood by his prior disagreement with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on the real estate mogul's proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
"I’ve taken issue with candidates from time to time," the Republican governor told ABC's Tom Llamas during a press gaggle today. "But I’m supporting Donald Trump to be president of the United States of America."
Back in December, Gov. Pence had called Trump's Muslim ban "offensive and unconstitutional” and said he was a supporter of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the primaries.
Trump has since appeared to have altered the language of the proposed ban -- saying that he would like to block immigrants from countries with ties to terrorism. The campaign has denied that a change was made to the proposal.
Fast forward to now, Pence is campaigning with Trump later tonight at a campaign rally in Westfield and is frequently mentioned as a potential Vice President pick for Trump.
When pressed for an answer as to whether he could share a ticket with Trump despite disagreeing with him on this issue, Pence continued to pivot by saying Trump would bring the kind of change the country needs.
"Look, I served in Congress for 12 years, I’ve been governor for three and a half years. I haven’t agreed with every one of my Republican colleagues or Democratic colleagues on every issue. But I’m supporting Donald Trump because we need change in this country," he said. "I believe he represents the kind of strong leadership at home and abroad that will, to borrow a phrase, make America great again."
Pence also said regardless of who Trump ultimately picks to be his running mate, Trump is “going to assemble a great team around him” and “have a great message.”
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