A week after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trumpthreatened last month to put money into a super PAC to end the political careers of former rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich, Mr. Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, called each of them to try to make peace.
While Mr. Trump has exacerbated intraparty tensions, Mr. Pence is taking on a conciliatory role, trying in phone calls and private meetings to persuade GOP stalwarts, one by one, to rally behind the party’s presidential ticket.
The task has taken him from the private office of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to a Phoenix airport meeting with embattled Arizona Sen. John McCain. He has tried to charm hostile talk-radio hosts, whose ranks he once belonged to, and even low-ranking state party officials.
His pitch is subdued and often aimed at reminding his fellow Republicans about what unites them, including old friendships and alliances, according to people with whom he has spoken. The Trump-Pence partnership is also reversing the longstanding roles of nominee and running mate, as Mr. Trump leads the attack on Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and her vice-presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
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