Here are Some Key Areas Where Pence and Trump Have Disagreed

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during an interview with FOX News Channel's Sean Hannity after Donald Trump selected him for running mate on the Republican presidential ticket, on July 15, 2016, in New York.Bebeto Matthews / AP

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By Vaughn Hillyard

Donald Trump has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his vice presidential running mate as he prepares to head to Cleveland for his nominating convention. In Pence, he has picked a veteran politician who is familiar to a Republican Party that remains wary of Trump and his policy positions.

While Pence may help calm some of those nerves, there are some glaring differences between the running mates on some of the issues at the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign (of note: Pence endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the primary season). Here are some examples of where Pence has parted ways with Trump:

The Proposed Muslim Ban

Last December when Trump called for the "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what's going on" in the wake of the San Bernadino shootings, Pence called the idea “offensive and unconstitutional.”

The Wall

Pence continually dodged the question Wednesday when asked repeatedly about whether he supported Trump's plan to build a wall along the southern boarder, offering only that "I think it's absolutely essential that we have border security and I strongly supported that throughout my career.”

Judge Curiel

In June, Pence rebuffed Trump’s suggestion that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University, could not conduct a fair trial because of his "Mexican heritage.” Pence called the assertion “inappropriate.”


Pence hasn't addressed the TPP trade deal recently but in September, 2014, he tweeted: “The time has come for all of us to urge the swift adoption of the Trans Pacific Partnership."

Pence was not in the House when NAFTA was passed but as a congressman he spoke in support of the trade deal on the House floor, saying “as the nation’s sixth-largest corn producer, Indiana benefited directly under the North American Free Trade Agreement.” Watch the video here.

Trump has called NAFTA "the worst trade deal ever signed in the history of our country" and has said he would renegotiate the deal.

The Iraq War

Along with nearly all of his House Republican colleagues in October 2002, Pence voted to authorize the use of military force in Iraq. That vote runs up against Trump’s adamant insistence that he long opposed U.S. military intervention in Iraq. The presumptive nominee’s claims have been challenged and scrutinized for months, however, based on his own statements around the time of the invasion.