Trump tweeted his running mate decision Friday and announced the Saturday event, saying he was "pleased" to have the IN governor join him on the ticket.
The process itself was a mess, from the last-minute timing to the hurried final IN auditions to the early word that Pence was the pick, first reported by Roll Call. In their first joint appearance, Trump tried to draw a sharp contrast between Pence, a soft-spoken conservative, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.
Pence's name occasionally wormed its way into the speech, mostly in relation to how his business acumen saved the state of Indiana.
So, too, did the actual announcement event on Saturday, at which Trump meandered for almost a half hour on a variety of topics - including an update on the construction of his new hotel in Washington - before finally calling Pence to the stage, only to then immediately walk away.
Or revert to Democratic policies that Pence argued have "weakened America's place in the world".
Pence also demurred Friday when asked about his vote as a member of the House in favor of the Iraq war.
The presumptive Republican nominee will stand side-by-side on stage with the IN governor IN Manhattan - 24 hours later than planned, since Trump postponed the original event IN the wake of the terror attack IN Nice, France.
He brags that they've been "crushed".
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"After four years of Clinton who really led the way and led Obama down a terrible path because I don't even think she could have made these decisions so badly..." "Now we're seeing unrest in Turkey - a further demonstration of the failures of Obama-Clinton".
The presumptive Republican nominee originally planned to appear with Pence on Friday morning in New York City, but due to the terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday night the event was postponed until Saturday.
When Pence spoke almost a half-hour later, saying he was 'deeply humbled, ' he drew a standing ovation for a line he uttered on Tuesday, during the pair's only other joint public appearance: 'Hillary Clinton must never become President of the United States of America'. "I come to this moment deeply humbled".
Enter Mike Pence, a favorite of only Manafort, but a man every one else could live with.
Pence says at an announcement event on Saturday in NY that Trump "is a great man and he will make a great president of the United States of America".
Trump's selection of Pence - who is seen as a safe pair of hands in Washington - was one of the most conventional steps the billionaire has taken in an unorthodox campaign.
The Indiana governor praised Trump's strength and leadership in comparison to Clinton.
Trump also forgave Pence for endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Trump suggested that Pence endorsed Cruz because he was under pressure from established Republicans.
Ultimately, Trump's decision to go with Pence was at least a partial concession to those in his inner circle - choosing someone that would help balance him out, both in terms of temperament and skills.
The nomination sets up a stark clash in styles between Trump, a brash presumptive nominee with a tendency to freelance into controversies juxtaposed with a cautious former congressional leader who's stuck close to conservative orthodoxy since starting his career in talk radio.
He offered remarks introducing himself: "People who know me well know that I'm a pretty basic guy".