The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

One thing is for sure. Don­ald Trump has a run­ning mate with im­pec­ca­ble con­ser­va­tive cre­den­tials. In fact, Gov. Mike Pence has the best con­ser­va­tive cre­den­tials in 50 years ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive Union, which ought to know. “Mike Pence is the most con­ser­va­tive vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee the coun­try has seen in 50 years,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion said af­ter re­view­ing Mr. Pence’s leg­isla­tive and vot­ing pat­terns, declar­ing him to be “99 per­cent align­ment” with their tenets.

The con­ser­va­tive group an­nu­ally re­views the records of fed­eral and state elected of­fi­cials on a scale of zero to 99 points, as­sign­ing them an “ACU rat­ing” based on sup­port for bedrock con­ser­va­tive is­sues. A cer­tain Demo­cratic ri­val is at the op­po­site end of the ide­o­log­i­cal spec­trum, how­ever.

“The sin­gle most lib­eral vice-pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee in our life­time is Tim Kaine, the only nom­i­nee with a per­fect 0 per­cent life­time rat­ing,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion said, adding that the rat­ing “puts him to the left” of then-Sens. Barack Obama who had a 10 per­cent rat­ing, and Hil­lary Clinton (8 per­cent); Sen. Bernie San­ders has a 6 per­cent rat­ing.

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