Donald Trump confirms Indiana governor Mike Pence as running mate for US presidential race


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has confirmed Indiana governor Mike Pence will be his running mate.

Trump revealed his decision on Twitter and said he will hold a news conference on Saturday morning.

The businessman had originally planned to announce his running mate earlier on Friday, but he delayed the announcement because of the attacks in Nice.

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

Mike Pence (Michael Conroy/AP)

Pence is a staunch conservative with a calm demeanour and deep ties to Washington. His apparent selection signals Trump is serious about addressing party concerns about his own conservative credentials and lack of Washington experience.

Pence served six terms in Congress before becoming governor and could help Trump navigate Congress. He is well regarded by evangelical Christians, particularly after signing a law that critics said would have allowed businesses to deny service to gay people for religious reasons. He later backtracked, saying he would amend the law to ensure it didn't allow discrimination.