On eve of convention, an underwhelming rollout of GOP ticket

NEW YORK (AP) — The Donald Trump-Mike Pence presidential ticket’s debut at a weekend event may have seemed awkward at times. Yet it highlighted a pairing designed in part to bring together fractious elements of the Republican Party on the eve of its national convention.

Trump spent more time talking about himself, “crooked” Hillary Clinton and standard policy positions than he did praising running mate Mike Pence in a nearly 30-minute introduction Saturday. He lauded Pence’s personal character and conservative credentials and pointed to his record as governor of Indiana.

The trappings of a presumptive nominee’s most significant announcement were missing in the Manhattan hotel ballroom where a few hundred supporters gathered Saturday morning. Choosing a venue in a state Trump has little chance of winning also broke with traditional politicking strategy.