Donald Trump's chemistry with running mate Mike Pence is being put to the test
After the running mates’ first attempt at a logo was mercilessly mocked by the Internet for being sexually suggestive, Trump’s campaign unveiled a modified version of the graphic on Saturday in an email officially introducing the Indiana governor as the GOP nominee’s vice-presidential candidate.
The new logo featured the word “TRUMP” atop the word “PENCE,” doing away with the interlocking T and P logo that prompted former Democratic Michigan Rep. John Dingell to jokingly tweet, “What is the T doing to that P?”
The logo fail was just one of several uncomfortable moments in a bumpy start for the Trump-Pence ticket.
At the formal announcement of his running mate on Saturday, Trump addressed the crowd on his own for more than 20 minutes, riffing on rival Hillary Clinton, building a border wall, and even his new Washington, D.C., hotel – but not on his newly minted “partner,” Pence, The New York Times reported.
Adding to “the feel of back-to-back news conferences lacking a recurring theme,” the Times wrote, was Trump’s disappearance from the stage following his eventual introduction of Pence.
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“Vice-presidential rollouts are usually a carefully orchestrated high point of a presidential campaign, but Mr. Trump’s has been unusual and chaotic from the start,” the paper writes. “Typically, the vice-presidential candidate is given a moment to shine. But Mr. Trump spoke for more than twice as long as Mr. Pence, whose speech clocked in at roughly 12 minutes.”
The awkwardness continued with Trump and Pence’s joint interview with 60 Minutes‘ Lesley Stahl on Sunday night.
During the interview, Stahl pointed out the running mates’ differences on important issues, including the war in Iraq. Trump has – time and time again – pointed to his past opposition of the Iraq War as proof of his foreign policy prowess, while also relentlessly railing against Hillary Clinton’s vote to authorize the war.
Asked on 60 Minutes about Pence’s own “yes” vote to the war in 2002, however, Trump replied, “I don’t care.”
“He’s entitled to make a mistake every once in a while,” Trump said of Pence, who was an Indiana congressman at the time.
“But she’s not?” Stahl asked of Clinton.
“No. She’s not,” Trump replied.
Fortune writes of the interview, “It was clear that the two have big differences in policy, but Pence was more willing to paper over them,” also noting that Pence insisted that he now supports Trump’s Muslim ban, despite calling it “offensive” in a December tweet. “Stahl didn’t ask why he’d changed his mind,” the outlet writes.
As for Trump’s apparent change of heart on the logo, his campaign spokesman Jason Miller told CNN, “We have a number of logos. The final one won’t be unveiled until the convention.”