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Rep. Aderholt says his close friend Gov. Mike Pence is a strong choice for VP

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Who is Mike Pence? It seems to be a common question now that Donald Trump has selected him as his running mate for the 2016 election.

WHNT News 19 spoke to Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Cullman) who says the Governor and he are close friends.

“His kids are a little bit older than my children and old enough to actually babysit my children," says Rep. Aderholt.

The congressman served 12 years with then-Representative Pence and says they became close on day one of Pence's stint in Congress.

“He is a man of integrity. He is a man who holds the values of what Americans hold and what I think Alabamians hold," says Aderholt.

The District 4 Representative says Pence's legislative experience and executive skills, as Governor of Indiana, made him a logical choice to be placed on the presumptive nominee's ticket.

“That is something quite honestly, Donald Trump does not know. He hasn’t really spent any time in the political process and I think that’s become of the criticisms that a lot of people have been concerned about," he said.

Aderholt says that doesn't mean Pence is an establishment candidate. He says he was never afraid to vote his conscience instead of party line, which endeared him to the same people who are nervous about Trump's candidacy.

“I can tell you he’s someone who has the respect of the Republican members of Congress and I think he will help pull the party together," says Aderholt.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was at one time considered an option for Trump's Vice President. Congressman Aderholt says Pence is the next best choice for Alabama Republicans.