Hillary Clinton campaign criticizes Donald Trump for Mike Pence pick

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WASHINGTON (AP): The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign says Donald Trump has “doubled down” on what the Clinton team calls his “disturbing beliefs” by choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says Pence is “an incredibly divisive and unpopular figure.”

Podesta says Pence is known for supporting what Podesta calls “discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families.”

Clinton’s campaign says Pence was an early advocate for the tea party in Congress – and as governor, pushed a law that discriminated against gays and lesbians and alienated businesses in Indiana.

The Clinton team notes Pence led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict abortion rights and has opposed raising the federal minimum wage.

11:10 a.m

Now that he’s Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence has withdrawn from the Indiana governor’s race.

The first-term Republican governor was seeking re-election. But state law bars him from running for that office and also appearing on the ballot as a candidate for vice president.

The deadline for Pence to exit the race was noon on Friday.

One of the governor’s aides filed the paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office a few minutes after Trump announced that Pence would join him on the Republican ticket.

Trump had originally planned to make his announcement on Friday, but called off the formal event in the wake of the deadly truck attack in France.

Trump says he’ll now hold a news conference on Saturday morning.

10:54 a.m.

Donald Trump says on Twitter that he’s picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

Trump says he’ll hold a news conference on Saturday morning.

Trump had originally planned to announce his running mate on Friday. But he delayed the announcement because of the attacks in Nice, France, late Thursday.

Pence had already flown to New York before Trump announced the postponement.

10:20 a.m.

That’s some disparity.

It would take almost 14 days of eyes glued to the TV to watch all the feel-good Hillary Clinton ads that have aired since the general election campaign began last month.

Anyone flipping through the channels looking for positive ads about Donald Trump would be disappointed. He hasn’t yet put up a spot appealing to November voters, and groups supporting him have been similarly silent.

It shows that the presidential candidates have drastically different views of the importance of traditional political campaigning.

Trump says he sees little need for advertising at this stage. He’s been banking on free media coverage propelled by his celebrity appeal.

As a result, Trump has largely ceded control over what the voting public is hearing about him. Clinton’s large batch of biographical ads has given her an opportunity to directly influence views about her image.

10:10 a.m.

An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Hillary Clinton enters the summer damaged by perceptions that she violated the law by using a private email system while serving as secretary of state.

According to the poll, more than half of Americans think the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee broke the law and nearly 4 in 10 think she did so intentionally.

Clinton has battled the notion during her campaign that she is dishonest and purposely set up the private email server because she wanted to hide her public and private exchanges from public scrutiny and skirt disclosure laws.

Her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, calls her “crooked” at virtually every campaign appearance.

9:50 a.m.

It’s a last gasp for conservatives who are trying to derail Donald Trump’s drive for the Republican presidential nomination.

A committee at the GOP national convention has crushed their bid to let delegates back the candidate of their choice.

The convention’s rules committee is dominated by Trump backers, as well as national and state GOP officials.

It’s appeared uncertain whether the conservatives could get enough support to force the full convention to revisit the proposal when the convention opens on Monday.

Foes say they believe the movement is essentially finished.

9:30 a.m.

Donald Trump has offered Indiana Gov. Mike Pence the vice presidential spot on the Republican ticket -and Trump aides have told Pence that the formal announcement could come as early as Saturday.

That word comes from a Republican with direct knowledge of the selection process. The Republican wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the details of Trump’s search for a running mate and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Republican says Trump made the offer on Thursday afternoon, before Pence traveled later in the day to New York.

Trump delayed his plans for a vice presidential announcement Thursday night after the truck attack in France.

Trump said in television interviews Thursday night that he hadn’t yet settled on a “final, final” choice – leaving open the possibility that Trump could change his mind.


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