EXETER, N.H. – Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence avoided talking about the groping scandal that has engulfed his running mate’s campaign last night and instead attacked Donald Trump’s Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton and the media.
At a rally that drew more than 100 people to Exeter Town Hall, the Indiana governor dismissed the bad press that has plagued Trump in recent weeks, including allegations he sexually assaulted women, saying: “The mainstream media goes after one attack after another.”
Pence went on to city a story from USA Today, which this week reported that at least a dozen companies lobbied the State Department using lobbyists who doubled as major Clinton campaign fundraisers — and that those companies gave as much as $16 million to Clinton family foundations.
He also mocked Clinton and President Obama for their “weak and feckless foreign policy,” which he claimed created the power vacuum in Iraq that led to the rise of the Islamic State.
Pence said he decided to join his “strong, independent” running mate’s campaign “in a heartbeat,” adding that Trump “embodies the spirit of this country.”
“I think what you saw on that stage in Las Vegas,” he said, referring to Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate, “is really a choice between two futures … I choose a stronger America.”
Pence said he and Trump would “rebuild our military” and “hunt down and destroy ISIS.”
Without mentioning a recent series of police shootings of unarmed black men, Pence also said this is a “very challenging” time for police officers.
“They are not a force for division; they are a force for good,” he said. “When Donald Trump becomes chief law enforcement officer … we will restore law and order to this country.”