Mike Pence with Donald Trump on blocking some immigration

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ct-trump-pence-huppkeThe Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):

10:40 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he supports Donald Trump‘s call to “temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorists’ influence and impact represents a threat to the United States.”

Pence spoke Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” giving his first TV interview since Trump invited him to join the Republican ticket for the White House. 

Last year, Pence came out against Trump’s proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States, calling such a ban “offensive and unconstitutional.” Trump’s spokeswoman recently said he no longer supports his proposed religious test.

Pence says he “stepped up without hesitation” when Trump asked him to be his running mate.

He says Trump “understands the anxiety and the aspiration of the American people” like no leader since President Ronald Reagan.


9:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is expressing support for the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after an attempted military coup rocked Turkey’s capital.

The Democratic presidential candidate is urging “calm and respect for laws, institutions, and basic human rights and freedoms — and support for the democratically elected civilian government.”

She says, “All parties should work to avoid further violence and bloodshed, and the safety of American citizens and diplomatic missions must be ensured.”

Turkish officials say the government appears to have repelled the attempted coup following a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across Ankara.


8:10 p.m.

A leader of conservatives making a last-ditch attempt to block Donald Trump’s nomination says she’s dropping her effort to force the Republican National Convention to vote on her plan to let delegates back any presidential candidate they want.

The convention rules committee has already rejected Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh‘s proposal to “unbind” delegates from the candidates they were committed to by state primaries and caucuses.

Unruh had been saying that despite that defeat, she’d get enough support to force a full convention vote next week on her plan to let delegates vote their conscience.

But she said Friday that the Trump campaign and party officials have peeled away that support.

She says she and her supporters believe delegates already have the right to vote their conscience and will oppose Trump’s nomination.


5:35 p.m.

Donald Trump says the taxes he pays are a private matter. But for candidates auditioning to be his running mate, similar reluctance wasn’t an option.

Vice presidential search finalist Newt Gingrich said Thursday that Trump’s campaign required him to submit more than a decade worth of tax returns as part of the vetting process.

Vetting potential vice presidents’ tax returns is a standard practice for candidates in both parties — but Trump has so far refused to make his own returns public on the grounds that he is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

But tax scholars and former IRS officials have noted there is no rule against releasing tax filings during audits and say Richard Nixon released his returns while under audit in 1973.


5:15 p.m.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro has met with Hillary Clinton at her Washington home as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee considers her choice for vice president.

That’s according to a person familiar with the Friday gathering, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.

Two other senior Democrats also appeared to meet with Clinton on Friday. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper were seen in separate cars that departed Clinton’s home Friday afternoon.

Clinton is also vetting Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for the vice presidency and campaigned with him in his home state Thursday.

Castro is considered a rising star in the party and is a former mayor of San Antonio.


4:40 p.m.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has visited Hillary Clinton’s Washington home as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee ponders her choice for vice president.

Hickenlooper was in a car that departed Clinton’s Washington home Friday afternoon.

The Democratic governor declined to comment on his visit.

The apparent meeting came after Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited Clinton’s house earlier Friday.

Other candidates Clinton is known to be vetting are Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

A person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters said earlier that Clinton was holding meetings Friday about her running mate selection.


4 p.m.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention are embracing Donald Trump‘s choice for vice president — even those who have yet to warm up to Trump.

Some delegates hope the choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will help unite Republicans and fire up the party base to support Trump.

Not everyone is on board. But at the very least, Trump has all but assured that next week’s convention vote for vice president will go smoothly.

Pence has a strong reputation among fellow Republicans as a social conservative. The former congressman has plenty of Washington experience and a calm, thoughtful demeanor that stands in stark contrast to the bombastic Trump.

New Hampshire delegate Tom Rath called Pence a solid pick who should reassure a lot of people in the party.


3:40 p.m.

An application by Bernie Sanders‘ campaign for a permit to rally during the Democratic National Convention has been denied.

A spokeswoman for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says it was rejected because of the requested location in a park across from the convention site. She says the campaign sought to use a certain field that can only be used for recreational purposes.

The application said the July 24 rally would be in support of Sanders’ campaign and estimated the crowd size at 15,000 to 40,000 people.

Kenney’s spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, says it’s not too late for the campaign to apply for a different location, if it is still interested.

Sanders said Friday he won’t be holding any large rallies during the July 25-28 convention, but will focus on attending smaller events and talking to delegates.


3:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama says calls after the French truck attack for the U.S. to expel Muslims who believe in Sharia law are “repugnant.”

Obama says the suggestion is an “affront to everything we stand for as Americans.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich responded to Thursday’s deadly attack in southern France by saying the U.S. should deport Muslims who believe in Sharia. He says Sharia is “incompatible with Western civilization.” Gingrich was under consideration to be Donald Trump’s running mate until Trump chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Obama commented during a White House reception Friday for diplomats from around the world.

Obama says he told French President Francois Hollande by telephone that the U.S. “will stand with our French friends.”


3:10 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren appears to have met with Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee considers a pick for vice president.

Warren was in a car that departed Clinton’s Washington home on Friday afternoon.

It’s the second known private meeting the senator has had with Clinton since she clinched the nomination last month.

Warren is one of the people Clinton is considering for her ticket.

She is also vetting Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.


2:45 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is holding meetings at her Washington home about her running mate selection.

That’s according to a person familiar with the meetings who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

Clinton was joined by campaign chairman John Podesta and vice chairwoman Huma Abedin. Several vehicles with tinted windows entered through a gate near the home during the daylong session.

Among the people Clinton is considering as her running mate: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Clinton campaigned with Kaine in Virginia on Thursday.


2:30 p.m.

Now that Bernie Sanders has offered his support to Hillary Clinton, the two campaigns are negotiating over the convention nominating process.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Clinton’s defeated rival leaves open the possibility that she could receive the nomination by acclamation — or unanimous nomination — at the end of a full roll call of the states.

In 2008, Clinton halted the traditional roll call midway through and called for then-Sen. Barack Obama to be approved by acclamation.

Sanders says he’ll still press at the convention for changes in the Democratic Party’s nominating system. He says there are too many super-delegates, and primaries closed to party members.


2:05 p.m.

The delegate rebellion against Donald Trump is dead.

That’s according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. He tells The Associated Press that a highly publicized push to dump Trump during next week’s convention is a “nothing burger.”

He says, “It’s over. It was never there.”

The GOP chairman made the comments during an AP interview on Friday, the day after anti-Trump delegates failed to change party rules to allow them to oppose Trump on the convention floor.

Priebus said, “There is no other candidate. That was one of the problems that this Never Trump issue had last night. Who is the other candidate? What VP nominees are you vetting? We’re voting next week, on Tuesday or Wednesday. What money are you raising? Where is this person?”

He added, “There have been many reports about how I was going to have a rebellion on the rules committee. And they all turned out to be nothing burgers.”


2 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he’s excited and humbled by Donald Trump’s decision to select him as his running mate.

Pence spoke to reporters briefly as he left his midtown Manhattan hotel.

Pence had flown in Thursday for an announcement Friday that Trump postponed after the Nice, France, attack.

Pence says: “We love Indiana. We love our country. My family and I couldn’t be more happy for the opportunity to run with and serve with the next president of the United States.”

Trump and Pence are scheduled to hold their first joint appearance in New York on Saturday.


2 p.m.

Newt Gingrich says he’s “very comfortable” with not being selected as Donald Trump’s running mate.

Gingrich told The Associated Press that he had not been told personally by Trump that he was choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential pick. Gingrich says he has been communicating with Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the businessman’s son, Don. Jr.

Gingrich says Pence is a “good choice” who will make a significant contribution to the Republican ticket.

The former House speaker says he was not offered another role in Trump’s administration, but is sure he would be helpful. He says: “Let’s first win this.”


1:50 p.m.

Democrats are aiming to use the four nights of their national convention to showcase past, current and future stars of their party.

Here are some of the expected speakers in Philadelphia later in July: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The schedule also includes Chelsea Clinton, immigration advocates and members of the “Mothers of Movement” — who had children killed by gun violence and in police shootings.

More speakers are to be announced in the coming days.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and are also expected to be on the program.

Both are being screened as potential running mates for Clinton.


1:30 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says that at the Democratic National Convention, he’ll continue to push for changes in how the party picks its presidential nominees.

The Vermont senator tells The Associated Press in an interview that he wants a review of superdelegates and closed primaries, and how the party can up itself up.

He says his campaign is prepared to take those fights to the floor of the convention.

Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton this week after a hard-fought primary.

He says the campaigns are discussing the convention process and he’s leaving open the possibility she could receive the nomination by acclamation at the end of a full roll call vote.


1:10 p.m.

Ivanka Trump‘s rabbi says he’s asking to be “relieved” of his commitment to deliver the invocation at next week’s Republican convention.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein writes in an email to his congregation that he had agreed to deliver the invocation “out of respect” for Ivanka Trump.

She’s a member of his synagogue and the daughter of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

But the rabbi says that after his name appeared on a convention speakers’ list without noting he could be delivering the invocation and not giving a campaign speech, “the whole matter turned from rabbinic to political.”

Lookstein says his request to no longer appear at the convention “has been honored.”

Donald Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says the rabbi’s “statement speaks for itself.”


12:45 p.m.

The Republican Party chairman says Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick shows that Trump is maturing as a candidate.

Chairman Reince Priebus says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — a former congressman — has experience inside and outside Washington and is a Christian conservative.

Priebus says Pence offers a “very different style that I think shows a lot of maturity” on Trump’s part.

Priebus was in an interview with The Associated Press when Trump tweeted the news about Pence.

Priebus says Pence also helps Trump politically by drawing in conservative groups that may have been slow to come to Trump’s side.


12:35 p.m.

The Republican Party is already working to raise money right off Donald Trump‘s decision to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

Trump says in a fundraising email sent shortly after he tweeted his choice that supporters should “contribute now to be the first to join the Trump-Pence Team.”

Pence’s selection is aimed in part at assuring donors that Trump is prepared to run a more serious and disciplined general election campaign.


12:25 p.m.

Donald Trump is set to make his first public appearance with his chosen running mate — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — on Saturday morning in New York.

The official announcement that Pence is the vice presidential pick is set for the same Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan where Trump had been scheduled to reveal his choice Friday.

Trump postponed the announcement following the truck attack in Nice, France, that left scores dead.


12:10 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is welcoming Donald Trump’s decision to tap Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

Pence is a former congressman, and Ryan says in a statement that Pence comes from the heart of the conservative movement and “the heart of America.”

Ryan says “we need someone who is steady and secure in his principles, someone who can cut through the noise and make a compelling case for conservatism.”

The speaker says Pence will bring real change to Washington. Ryan says he’ll do everything he can to help the GOP ticket win in November and the party win a national majority.


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.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


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