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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will make his partnership with Donald Trump official at the Republican National Convention, giving Wednesday night’s headlining address as Trump’s running mate.
Pence’s speech follows a Sunday interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes where Trump and Pence discussed their different political styles but shared ideals as the "law and order" ticket. "One of the reasons why I said yes in a heartbeat to run with this man is because he embodies American strength," Pence said.
Pence served in the House of Representatives between 2001 and 2013, at which point he became Indiana’s governor. On July 14, the day before Trump’s official announcement, Pence dropped his re-election bid in Indiana.
We’ve fact-checked Pence a total of 16 times on our Truth-O-Meter.
Joining the ticket
Closer to being selected, Pence talked up his credentials as Indiana governor, claiming that Indiana has more jobs than ever before. We rated this claim Half True, because the number is correct but population growth is a contributing factor.
Pence also tried out for the position when he attacked Hillary Clinton for taking 13 hours to send help to the embassy in Benghazi. We rated this False, however, because that was the responsibility of the military chain of command, not Clinton.
Pence was not always solidly in the Trump camp. In April, he endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination. He eventually switched to Trump in May once Cruz dropped out.
On some issues, Pence has been critical of Trump. He has called plans to ban Muslims from entering the country unconstitutional (he walked back his criticism on 60 Minutes) and said comments Trump made towards Indiana-born judge Gonzalo Curiel were inappropriate.
The two don’t always see eye-to-eye on policy either. For example, Pence has expressed support for free-trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that Trump has deplored. On 60 Minutes, Pence said he approved of Trump’s plans to re-negotiate free trade agreements.
Pence also supported the Iraq War, while one of Trump’s key talking points is that he always opposed the war (which is False, by the way). On 60 Minutes, Trump said he didn’t care Pence had voted for it, noting there was a lot of misinformation at the time.
One of the most controversial pieces of legislation resurfaced during the veepstakes has been Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Pence signed into law March 2015.
The law was designed to prevent the government from burdening people’s right to exercise their religion, but it came under fire from many LGBT groups who said it discriminates against them. For example, some have claimed it could be used by businesses refusing to provides services for a gay marriage celebration.
Several states and cities, such as Connecticut, Washington and San Francisco limited travel funding to Indiana in response, as well as some companies, including Yelp and Salesforce.
Pence has defended the law, saying it had nothing to do with discrimination.
All of this leads us to a claim Pence made in a March 29, 2015, interview, where he claimed President Barack Obama had once supported a bill with the same language as a senator in Illinois.
We rated this Half True, noting there were differences between the two laws.
Pence signed an amendment of the law in April 2015 intended to specifically prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
On the attack
Several of the claims we fact-checked from Pence involved attacks against Obama or Democrats in Washington.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pence criticized the economic stimulus bill in 2009, saying it included "wasteful spending" such as fish passage barriers and ATVs. He correctly cited those provisions of the bill, so we rated his claim True.
A 2010 claim that the Obama administration systematically cut funding for border control, however, came up False. Border security funding (just not border fence funding) has increased.
We rated another Pence claim False that Democrats intended to raise the tax rate on every single income tax bracket. Democrats had actually expressed support for extending tax cuts.
Some other examples include:
Pence said a cap-and-trade policy designed to reduce global warming would skyrocket electricity costs, claiming that Obama has acknowledged this. We were able to find Obama’s initial remarks, so we rated Pence’s claim True.
Another tax claim — Pence said raising tax rates typically leads to less government revenue. We said this was False, after looking at Internal Revenue Service data.
Pence also claimed the Dodd-Frank bill, designed to regulate Wall Street, would kill jobs. We rated this Mostly False, because, while some jobs would be lost, more were supposed to be saved by the bill’s passage.
See individual fact-checks.