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 TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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 CruzTrump walks tightrope on gun control State Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first 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.