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Labrador praises Trump’s selection of Pence as running mate

Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador posted this statement on Facebook over the weekend, reacting to Donald Trump’s decision to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who also served in the U.S. House for more than a decade, as his vice presidential running mate:

"Mike Pence is a great choice for Vice President. I served with Mike in my first term and consider him a friend. I always admired his commitment to putting his family first while balancing the needs of his constituents. I think Idahoans should be excited that Donald Trump has chosen a vice presidential running mate who shares Idaho's conservative values of faith and family. Mike Pence is a reliable conservative and this is a solid step towards uniting the Republican Party."

Labrador had previously called on Trump to name Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as his running mate. Labrador is attending the GOP national convention in Cleveland as an Idaho Cruz delegate; the Idaho delegation is chaired by state Treasurer Ron Crane, who also is a Cruz delegate. Cruz won Idaho’s GOP presidential primary with 45.4 percent of the vote; Trump was in second place with 28.1 percent, and Marco Rubio got 15.9 percent. No other candidate hit double digits. Only Trump and Cruz got enough votes to win Idaho delegates to the national GOP convention.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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