Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate:
“The American people will never stand for Donald Trump’s dangerous proposals and divisive rhetoric, no matter who his running mate is. But by picking Governor Mike Pence, Trump has doubled down on the fringe policies and partisan gridlock that fueled his rise as the leader of the dysfunctional Republican Party.
“Throughout his time in Congress and as governor of Indiana, Pence played a key role in pushing the hateful anti-woman, anti-working people, anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant platform upon which Trump now stands. As a far-right member of the House of Representatives and minion of the Koch Brothers, Pence fought to shut down the government in an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, the Affordable Care Act and programs critical to middle class Americans. He continued pursuing those policies as governor, all while enacting one of the most discriminatory anti-LGBT laws in the nation. Trump could not have selected a more extreme partner in his campaign of hate and division.
“Americans have a clear choice between the Trump-Pence platform of hate, discrimination and dysfunction or Democrats’ plan for a fairer, more equal America. Senate Democrats will continue to push an agenda focused on bringing us together and getting things done for the American people, and we look forward to continuing that debate.”