Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence may have won Tuesday's (4 October) debate in style points but he readily lost in the truth department. A new campaign ad released by the Clinton camp wants to show voters just how much of a liar Donald Trump's running mate really is.
Throughout the debate Pence vehemently denied that Trump made certain remarks regarding immigration, Russian President Vladimir Putin and women's right. Each lie, however, was met with swift condemnation from his Democratic rival Tim Kaine. Now, Kaine's running mate Hillary Clinton is using those lies against the Trump-Pence ticket.
"At the #VPDebate, Mike Pence tried really, really hard to deny pretty much everything Donald Trump has said and done," Clinton tweeted. "Let's replay the tape." Using segments of Pence denying Trump's past remarks, the campaign ad cuts to clips of Trump making the comments being discussed.
The cheeky ad includes Pence shaking his head and saying "absolutely false" or "oh, that's nuts" every time Kaine mentioned one of Trump's controversial comments, Salon noted. The Indiana governor found himself saying, "he didn't say that," several times during the debate.
"It's okay, Mike," the ad tells Pence at the end. "We'd have a hard time defending him, too."
Though a CNN/ORC instant poll found Pence the narrow winner of the debate, he is now under media fire for the various lies he told. New York Magazine claimed he would have truly won the debate if he had stuck to discussing Trump's policy plans instead of denying things his running mate said when it could be easily disproved.
"In this case, whatever small gains Pence made are likely to be canceled out by days of him looking ridiculous. Lying: It usually works! But not always," New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait wrote.
The Boston Globe's Michael Cohen concurred, writing: "No matter how well Pence might have come across; no matter how much more restrained he was than Kaine, none of this should be allowed to obscure his dishonesty."