Donald Trump says if you don’t like him, vote Mike Pence

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has a message for reluctant voters:

“If you don’t like me. That’s OK,” he tells a rally crowd in Des Moines, Iowa. “Vote for Pence because it’s the same thing.”

Trump was referring to his running mate, Mike Pence, the conservative governor of Indiana.

Pence was chosen partially to help calm nervous Republicans still on the fence about Trump and to bring some establishment sensibility to the ticket.

The pair are campaigning together on Friday in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Pence briefly returned home from the campaign trail to kick off what he calls “the best state fair in America.”

The Indiana governor and Republican vice presidential candidate pet some cows, surveyed the fair grounds and handed out milkshakes Friday at the opening day of the Indiana State Fair.

Pence’s wife, Karen, is an artist, and together they led reporters on a tour of an exhibit hall where the first lady had some of her watercolor paintings hanging.

Pence has largely been absent from the state since being tapped by Trump, and his stop home was brief. By afternoon, he was gone again to campaign with Trump in Iowa.

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