Mike Pence debate strategy appeared to be denial.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 2:44 AM
Mike Pence doesn’t defend Donald Trump’s frequent and offensive diatribes. He just flat-out denies they ever happened.
Pence spent a large portion of the Tuesday evening vice presidential debate in Virginia pretending Trump never said some of the despicable things he has become notoriously known for.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, demanded explanations to no avail.
“Six times tonight, I have said to Gov. Pence, ‘I can’t imagine how you can defend your running mate’s position on one issue after the next,'” Kaine said. “And in all six cases, he has refused to defend his running mate.”
Here are some of those cases:
Trump has come under harsh criticism for sucking up to controversial Russian President Vladimir Putin and comparing him favorably to President Obama.
In Pence’s mind, however, that’s simply not the case.
“Donald Trump and Mike Pence have said (Vladimir Putin) is a great leader,” Kaine charged at the debate.
“No, we haven’t,” Pence incorrectly replied.
Trump has in fact praised Putin using almost the exact phrase Kaine used.
“He’s a strong leader. He’s a powerful leader,” Trump said when asked about the Russian strongman last year.
Kaine also went after Pence for his running mate disturbingly implying he wouldn’t have a problem with a nuclear arms race in Asia.
And guess what? Pence denied his running mate ever said such a thing.
“More nations should get nuclear weapons. Try to defend that,” Kaine charged.
“Well, he never said that, Senator,” Pence responded.
“I can’t imagine how you can defend your running mate’s position on one issue after the next,” Tim Kaine told Pence.
Fact check: Back in March, Trump claimed Asian countries obtaining nuclear weapons is “going to happen, anyway.”
“Now, wouldn’t you rather in a certain sense have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?” Trump said. “Wouldn’t you rather have Japan, perhaps, they’re over there, they’re very close, they’re very fearful of North Korea and we’re supposed to protect.”
In an unprecedented suggestion, Trump said earlier this year that he might consider not supporting a foreign ally under attack if he were to become president — even though doing so is required by the NATO agreement.
“That’s why Donald Trump’s claim…that NATO is obsolete and that we need to get rid of NATO is so dangerous,” Kaine said, attempting to provoke a confession from Pence.
But Pence’s brick wall of denials remained intact.
“That’s not his plan,” he said.
At least according to an interview the Republican nominee did in March that is in fact “his plan.”
“I think NATO is obsolete,” he said at the time.
Trump has made deporting the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants a cornerstone of a campaign critics have repeatedly blasted as xenophobic and racist.
Apparently that’s simply not the case, according to Pence.
“They want to go house to house, school to school, business to business, and kick out 16 million people,” Kaine fired.
“That’s nonsense. That’s nonsense,” Pence said without elaborating.
While Kaine got the numbers slightly off, his allegations were spot on.
Donald Trump shocked the nation — and gained fervent support from the far-right — when he proposed a “deportation force” that was going to round up illegal immigrants.
Donald Trump’s campaign has repeatedly been blasted as xenophobic and racist.
“You are going to have a deportation force, and you are going to do it humanely,” he said last November.
The controversy surrounding Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns was reignited Saturday after documents obtained by the Daily News and the New York Times showed that he might have avoided paying any federal income taxes for 18 years.
But what has fallen by the wayside is the fact that Trump all the way back in 2014 actually pledged to “absolutely” release his returns if he were to run for office.
“Donald Trump started this campaign in 2014 and said, ‘if I run for president I will absolutely release my taxes,'” Kaine said, blasting Trump for breaking “his first promise.”
“He hasn’t broken his promise,” an childishly reluctant Pence said.
To no surprise, also that was a bogus claim.
“If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns. Absolutely. I would love to do that,” Trump said in 2014.
After the nearly two-hour long debate, Hillary Clinton encapsulated an evening dominated by denial in a single tweet.
“Lucky to have a partner like @TimKaine who stood up for our shared vision tonight — instead of trying to deny it.”