Club for Growth applauds Trump VP pick
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The Club for Growth, a conservative group that spent millions attacking Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE in the Republican presidential primary, on Friday lauded the businessman for choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

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"Mike Pence would be an outstanding Vice-President,” Club president David McIntosh said in a statement minutes after Trump tweeted that he was tapping Pence. 

"The Club supported Mike Pence’s nomination as Republican Conference Chairman because we knew that he would be a strong voice for free markets and economic liberty among a House leadership team that was too prone to be weak on those issues. And today’s news gives a similar hope that Mike Pence will be effective in pulling the Republican ticket toward economic conservatism and limited government.”

The Club for Growth backed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzEl Chapo's lawyer fires back at Cruz: 'Ludicrous' to suggest drug lord will pay for wall Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again MORE (R-Texas) in the GOP primary and spent millions in attack ads ripping Trump on healthcare and his controversial comments about women. 

Onlookers have speculated that Trump chose Pence in part as an olive branch to Republicans who have expressed concern about his conservative chops.