Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence’s standard
campaign speech has a new look, courtesy of WikiLeaks.
At a rally in Salem, Virginia, Wednesday, Pence referred to
emails the group has released since the weekend, purportedly from Hillary
Clinton and various campaign officials, to back up his charges that she is
unfit to become the nation’s next president.
Pence pointed to a July 15, 2015, email exchange between
pollster John Anzalone
and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, in which Anzalone quoted
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) saying the Iran nuclear deal was “the greatest
appeasement since Chamberlain gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler.”
“Yup,” Podesta said.
Pence said the email was an example of how Clinton helped
embolden America’s enemies in the Middle East.
“We’re going to tear up that bogus deal with Iran and make
sure that bogus sponsor of state terrorism never gets a nuclear weapon,” Pence
Pence also took swings at the Affordable Care Act, noting
that at an Oct. 3 campaign stop in Flint, Michigan, former President Bill
Clinton called the law “the craziest thing in the world.”
“Even with the Clintons, truth happens,” Pence said.
President Clinton tempered those remarks in campaign
appearances later in the week.
But Pence noted that in a Jan. 1, 2015, speech to
tinePublic, Inc. in Saskatoon, Canada released by WikiLeaks over the weekend,
Secretary Clinton wanted to move the United States beyond the Affordable Care Act toward a single payer health
“I’m hoping that whatever the shortfalls or the glitches have
been, which in a big piece of legislation you’re going to have, those will be
remedied and we can really take a hard look at what’s succeeding, fix what
isn’t, and keep moving forward to get to affordable universal health care
coverage like you have here in Canada,” Clinton said.
“We don’t want socialized medicine In America,” Pence said.
Pence told the crowd that one of the important issues
remaining in the presidential campaign was bringing an end to pay-to-play
“More emails come out every day,” Pence said. “It’s hard to
keep up with the avalanche of corruption coming out of the Clinton years.”
Pence pulled another example from the WikiLeaks pile, this
time on a speech the former secretary of state delivered to executives with the
Brazilian bank Unibanco Itau in March 2013.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade
and open borders,” Clinton said.
Pence promised that a Trump administration would renegotiate
the North American Free Trade Agreement and remain out of the Trans Pacific
Pence also promised that a Donald Trump administration would
appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.
“No one is above the law,” Pence said.
Pence made no mention of the lewd videotape remarks of Trump and
Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that surfaced last week and resulted in
several Republicans, including Pence, distancing themselves from Trump.
Instead, Pence asked rally-goers to “pray for
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