In his first campaign appearance since Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate with Sen. Tim Kaine, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told a crowd in Harrisonburg, Virginia Wednesday that “from where I sat, Donald Trump won the debate. His vision to make America great again won the debate.”
Pence said Trump called from Nevada, where Trump was making his own round of campaign appearances, to congratulate Pence on his performance.
“Some people think I won,” Pence said. “I’ll leave that to others to decide.”
A post debate poll from CNN/ORC international showed Pence winning Tuesday’s debate 48 percent to 42 percent over Kaine.
Christopher Newport University political science professor Quentin Kidd told AMI Newswire that while neither candidate made major missteps in the debate, “Pence was unflappable for the most part.”
“Kaine threw everything at him,” Kidd said, “and the worst Pence did was shake his head and say ‘no’ or deny something was said by Trump.”
“A lot of that was factually untrue on [Pence’s] part,” Kidd said, “but he stuck to the script…he wasn’t pulled off by shiny objects like Trump often is.”
Pence said the debate was “really incredible,” but not in a good way.
“After an avalanche of insults,” Pence said, “[Tim Kaine] referred to us as running an insult driven campaign.”
“Hillary Clinton called us a basket of deplorables,” Pence said, referring to remarks Clinton made earlier this month when she called half of Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables” for being what she characterized as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
Clinton later apologized for the remark.
Pence was introduced my Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), who questioned the validity of polls showing the Trump campaign trailing in Virginia, and by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, who called Pence his “good friend” and “a heckuva debater.”
Pence’s Harrisonburg stop was his third event in Virginia in as many days. He said he was “a little tired,” but urged people to spread the word about the campaign, which he said was about “security, prosperity, the Supreme Court, and integrity in the White House.”
“I know I’m not the main event,” Pence said. “I’m the other picture on the bus” referencing the red, white and blue campaign bus with his and Trump’s pictures on its side.
As he did at his Ashland, Virginia rally Monday night, Pence referred to Trump as a “broad shouldered man” who would bring an end to the “pay for play politics” in Washington, D.C.
From Harrisonburg, Pence makes a campaign swing through Pennsylvania.
In a Monmouth University poll of the state released Tuesday, Clinton leads Trump 50 percent to 40 percent.
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