In anticipation of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announcing Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, the Republican Jewish Coalition on Friday tweeted the following statement of support of Pence from Executive Director Matt Brooks:
“The Republican Jewish Coalition welcomes the announcement of Governor Pence and congratulates him as the Republican Party Vice Presidential nominee. Not only has Governor Pence been a terrific governor in Indiana but he has also been a critical leader and important voice regarding Israel during his time in the House and as governor. Governor Pence understands that strong support by the United States is essential to maintaining the strength and security of the only democracy and our greatest ally in the Middle East. Governor Pence is a welcomed addition to the GOP team in 2016.”
The 95-word statement praises Pence on his prior government experience and states that he will be a champion of Israel if he is elected Vice President.
Compare that with the 135-word statement from May 4 that National Chairman David Flaum wrote after Trump became the de facto nominee of the party.
“The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulates Donald Trump on being the presumptive Presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Throughout the course of this long campaign among Republicans there has been unity in the belief that Hillary Clinton is the worst possible choice for a commander in chief. Secretary Clinton has proven time and again through her record and her policies that her candidacy will compromise our national security, weaken our economy and further strain our relationship with our greatest ally, Israel. Along with the Presidential race, the RJC will be working hard to hold on to our majorities in the Senate and the House. It is critical that these majorities be preserved. To do this we must remember our core principles: peace through strength, unwavering support for Israel, and robust American leadership at home and abroad.”
The statement refers to Trump only in the first sentence, with the rest both criticizing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and emphasizing the importance of congressional races. Pence’s statement mentions neither of these.